COSTA RICA CRIME
I found this written by another person and I found it to be spot on with what is going on in costa rica I will post it and then write more below..
"I thought perhaps another type of post might be of interest, one written by someone who has no hate or axe to grind, a perhaps less prejudiced and more objective view of what life is really like in Costa Rica. I know in advance some will not agree with this point of view, but here goes.
Costa Rica is no longer a good choice for expats as a retirement home, or a place to raise a family. It is dangerous, expensive, xenophobic. Crime is high and rising rapidly, the judicial system is non-functioning. The chances you will be the victim of a property crime are quite high. Very few Costa Ricans are trustworthy, and you as a foreign crime victim can expect zero to no help.
Costs for many necessities of life are higher than they are in the part of the world you may come from. Fuel, motor vehicles, food, electronics, real estate, and many other items, especially imported ones are heavily taxed, and make that Costa Rica is no longer a bargain by any stretch. If you choose to buy property in Costa Rica, there is very good chance that you will have a very difficult time selling the property without taking a large loss when it is time to leave.
Most Costa Ricans, especially the white, central valley population are racist and xenophobic. A significant percentage of the Costa Rican population dislike almost all foreigners. If said foreigner happens to be brown, black, or yellow, they are seen as inferior racially. Citizens of the U.S.A. are especially disliked by many, even though some Costa Ricans may seek to emulate their lifestyle. Costa Ricans are generally very two-faced and although they may not express their dislike for you to you directly, however, as soon as you turn your back.....
If you are a non Costa Rican looking for somewhere to relocate, I would suggest that you look somewhere else in Latin America, this is no longer the place to be. Too many negative aspects to living here have made other places much more attractive. Yes, it is pretty, the climate is divine, but most come to hate the place over time.
If you are a foreigner looking for a vacation spot, Costa Rica may still hold some attraction, but bring lots of money. Realize that you as a foreigner are seen as a favorite victim of crime and act accordingly. If you are a backpacker, skip Costa Rica. If you are a nature lover, and are aware of the risks here, this may be a good vacation spot for you.
Having said all of the above, there are people that migrate here, and find it to their liking. I feel they are a significant minority, most choose to leave after they learn what "the real Costa Rica" means."
I live in panama, now I'm not trying to push anyone this way, I am not selling anything, nor asking for anything. I don't do tours, I don't sell real estate. The only thing I do down here is sell building material for the small amount of people who live in my area, the only way I would make any money from any of you is if you moved to my town and build a home. So I am not telling you were that is, to add weight to my words.
You see what I find down here and all over south and central america, is web site after web site and people willing to help you, o how great it is to be here. well some of that is true, but a lot of it is just fishing. bait on a hook waiting on you to take a bite. That's how many make a living down here, and of course you want to use the best bait you have right? ever see the white sandy beach with palm tree shot right over that bath tub clear ocean water? I've seen it for ad's placed for condo sales right here in panama. I've been to those condo's and trust me the sand is brown and black, and the ocean so dirty from mud that the rivers wash into it turns the water to mud so you can't even see your feet in less then knee deep water.. o no matter it got you here didn't it? now shut up and buy a condo.
One only needs to look at a food ad and then go get one and have a look, nothing like the photo eh? but of course we eat it, I guess we are use to being lied too. now buying a pizza is one thing but moving here and being lied to can destroy ones life.
I have met a flood of people coming from Costa Rica, and they all have stories just like the posting above. Many tell me, that a guard dog, high fence, razor wire all around, two guards 24/7, window bars, alarm system, and lights are still not enough to keep them from stealing from you. many will say, well there is crime everywhere, and that's true, but if you call the police in your town, more then likey they will be there within a very short time, I was a police officer in a major city for 6 years, In all those years the longest time for me to get the call and to you was 4 mins. If you call the police in C.R. they might not even show up. If they do then it's still up to you to go here and there and file this form and that form to get someone to even take a look, they will smile and listen to you tell all about your collection of coins and grandma's Precious Heirlooms and then when you leave go back to doing what they were doing before you came in, which is nothing.
This is a story written in am costa rica "A community crime prevention group has concluded that a missing French couple probably did not drown in the Río Naranjo.
The group is the Dominical-based CAP on Crime, which stands for Crime Awareness and Prevention.
The French couple vanished March 31 under mysterious circumstances, and their rented vehicle was found pilfered and vandalized alongside the Río Naranjo south of Quepos. The couple had said they were on the way to Dominical.
Although the couple's passports were found in a trash can in Jacó, the favorite theory of investigators was that they drowned in the Río Naranjo.
That is almost impossible, CAP on Crime said on its Web site. A summary said that members of the group visited the river site and found the depth to be no more than 50 centimeters. That is just short of 20 inches.
The missing couple are tourists, Gerard and Claude Dubois"
This isn't just one bad case,,," there are many many more missing tourist in costa rica.
Note what this post states; ""A community crime prevention group has concluded that a missing French couple probably did not drown in the Río Naranjo.
the police say they drown job over next!!!
One man told me that if you love to listen to their music till 5am, barking dogs don't bother you, you don't mind living in jail, and you above everything else RENT EVERYTHING. then you have half the problems licked.
Taxes on homes there are going up and up they need the money, tourist visits are way down, police are standing everywhere and can't wait to nail you for something, never mind your being robbed, you have a tail light out.
Now I know this post is going to get a lot of smack, but the point I am trying to make here, is don't believe the hype, if they are selling something BEWARE. If you are thinking about going down and buying a home, go, and rent a home, look around, talk to some local expats see what they can tell you, take your time and get a feel for it, it might fit you just fine, if it doesn't your out very little cash and you can pick up and move on. many can't, they are stuck with a over priced home, with high taxes and tons of problems stated above and have to ride it out. Be smart, don't trust the sites, trust yourself. If you find a cheap beach home say 250k ask yourself why are they willing to sale? is it below what it's worth? is it more? is there something hidden that your not seeing? taxes maybe due to go up another 2k on that home for the next few years? Or maybe the lawsuit that was filed 15 years ago is about to come to court where the real owner of that land is asking for it all back, and gets it, o sorry you paid 250k for that home, maybe you can move it? or maybe you can file in court to get your money back, which you can do, what's another 15 year wait to have your day right?