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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/16/v-fullstory/3454853/military-takes-to-the-streets.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/16/v-fullstory/3454853/military-takes-to-the-streets.html#storylink=cpy
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written by JC on June 18, 2013

Anthony, thanks for posting this important article. You are the surrogate mother and father to most of us traveling to DR, and as such, your concern for "safety" and the "unprovoked" circumstances that have severe and damaging circumstances for your "Bloggers" is consistent. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR NOTIFICATION WARNINGS - ALTHOUGH THINGS ARE ALARMING ENOUGH TO MAKE ONE CONTEMPLATE DISCARDING THEIR PASSPORT! I sincerely hope this latest crime wave is sort lived...
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written by Diandra on June 18, 2013

WOW! Is Santo Domingo turning into a police state? Sounds like Colombia... Although I am not there, the stats makes it sound really bad. But from reading the article and also reading things online, I gather that it must be pretty bad if they have to call out the military. My hopes are that you are safe, and that no harm comes to tourists (or natives). But those intersections mentioned, aren't those en route to the fancier parts of town? It all sounds a bit scary, be safe.
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written by anon on June 19, 2013

One of the problems is that some of the police as much criminals as the criminals. ROBBERS!
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written by Anthony/Monaga on June 19, 2013

I wrote about this, not to be alarmist. But to talk about some of the things that are going on here. Crime, to a certain extent, has always been a problem. The difference now is it really is affecting people that live in the more exclusive areas much more frequently. Along with many high-profile people who have been victimized, the government has sent the military to patrol the streets. The colonial zone is still pretty safe. There is some type of officer on nearly every corner. They have constant partrols at night. The problem is the economy and unemployment are very bad. The difference between the haves and have nots, is vast. And you have an untrained, and severely underpaid police force. Many who are barely literate. I am not afraid to go out at all, but I am aware of my surroundings. And when visiting and vacationing, you should also be aware. Still come, just be aware.
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written by Anthony/Monaga on June 19, 2013

I am getting emails and phone calls asking if people should be afraid about visiting. Or should they cancel their vacations. I just posted what is readily available on the internet. I think you should be cautious, just as you would anyplace you visit. But I am not trying to suggest you should not come. People are coming to the colonial zone everyday, and are fine. The military is not in the colonial zone, but in other parts of the city. The colonial zone is patrolled by the tourist police. Yes, come and visit, have a great time. Just be careful.
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written by J on June 19, 2013

I read the other day that the police chief makes $21000 dollars a year and a food bonus of $87 dollars a year. He is in charge of 33500 people. Police salaries start at about $1750 dollars per year with a small food bonus.
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written by JC on June 20, 2013

I still believe that the "pluses" far out weigh the "minuses" in SD - I think most bloggers' should know what I mean!...
I think we just need to ad an extra dose of caution - but I would not stop going. I LOVE THE PLUSES TOO MUCH! LOL
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written by anon on June 21, 2013

Most of us live in major US cities. We all know to be careful and we know areas to avoid especially late at night. I hope we don't make this a Dominican problem. It is an urban problem made worse by poverty and unemployment.
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written by a guest on June 21, 2013

I was just there visiting SDQ for a week and I heard there is a real problem even during the day with thiefs, My word or suggestion is to play it safe and always be on your guard, keep your wallets out of site and the money your going to use with in easy reach in your front pocket or in a small change bag, of sorts, never pull out any wod of money any place where you are,,because there is always someone watching, again use good safety measure at all times , walk in groups if at all possible and never go out alone at night , be in groups or if ur staying at a hotel and know others are going out, ask them if u can join the group or tag along.U can enjoy your self however keep both eyes open at all times and stay on guard.This applies to any big city you visit or for that matter any country, crime is on the rise every where , not just In Santo Domingo even here in the cities in the U.S Use good comon sense and judgement at all times.Now after saying all this, enjoy your holiday and vacation in SDQ It's a great place to visit .
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written by Brent on June 22, 2013

Praise President Danilo Medina for deploy tons of soldiers to patrol around the streets and businesses for Tourists and Citizens.
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written by anon on June 23, 2013

Maybe the soldiers will not shake not tourists for bribes like the police do.
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