Tag Archive: Crime

Aug 20 2013

Crime and Security in Costa Rica: Do Bars and Barbed Wire Work?

Reprinted from The CostaRican Times Sounds like I am talking about living in a communist country during the cold war or being in jail, but I am not. The real purpose of this article is to try and dispel the fears of many potential retirees who have visited Costa Rica or who have seen information …

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May 11 2013

Protect Your Property Title in Costa Rica

by Bob Gieser My name is Bob and I have owned land in Heredia since 1991. In 2009, I lost that title and the land that goes with it through the fraudulent work of a Costa Rican Attorney and Notary. Let me summarize how it happened and how you might be able to protect your …

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Oct 20 2012

Crime Stats in Costa Rica-Part 2

Did you know that, according to the Organization of American States (OAS), Costa Rica has the highest robbery rate in the entire western hemisphere? In 2010, there were 943 robberies per 100,000 people in Costa Rica, with a total of 43,000 robberies for the year. In the U.S., during the same period, the robbery rate …

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Jun 11 2012

Crime Stats in Costa Rica

People often ask, “Why did you choose Costa Rica?” In answer, we often cite the following: Stable democracy Can drink water in 95% of the country Energy self-sufficient (85% hydroelectric, plus wind and geo-thermal energy) Improving infrastructure (roads, communications, etc.) High literacy rate (97%) Excellent and cheap transportation system No Army so defense funds go …

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Apr 15 2012

Crime in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country the size of West Virginia or twice the size of Maryland, and it has a population of 4.5 million. If you are thinking about retiring in Costa Rica, in doing your “due diligence,” one area of great concern should be crime. Although we don’t have current data on all crimes …

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Jul 20 2011

U.S. Department of State Update on Costa Rica

Following is the July 19, 2011 update on Costa Rica from the U.S. Department of State:   COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: Costa Rica is a middle-income, developing country with a strong democratic tradition. Tourist facilities are extensive and generally adequate.  While English is a second language for many Costa Ricans, knowledge of Spanish is necessary for legal …

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Jun 22 2011

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: The Truth About Crime in Costa Rica

(Updated July 31, 2015) So first, the good…I feel safer traveling around Costa Rica, and in our town of San Ramon, that I did in downtown Baltimore, or even at the local Mall at Christmas time when we lived back in the States.  In 2009, there was only one murder in the entire canton (county) of …

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