Is the Dominican Republic safe

© davidsonscott15 via Flickr

Millions of Americans visit the Dominican Republic each year without problems, but crime nonetheless is a serious problem in this Caribbean nation. Violent crime only rarely touches visitors, but property crimes are more common and sometimes tourists are specifically targeted. Credit-card fraud is a particular concern.

Crime

The overall threat of crime in the Dominican Republic is high, and although security tends to be better in tourist areas, no place in the country is immune from crime, violent or otherwise.

For example, the top five most violent cities in the D.R. include Samana, while the rate of assaults was highest in La Romana.

Credit-card thieves may attempt to steal your password when you are using an ATM. Some gangs have been known to kidnap people briefly and force them to drive to an ATM and drain their accounts of cash. Try to avoid using public ATMs as much as possible, and use credit cards rather than debit cards.

Drive-by robberies remain the most commonly reported crime, with robbers on motorcycles or scooters snatching valuables and riding off. Visitors are advised to keep their valuables close and out of sight to avoid such thefts. Thieves also operate in hotel restaurants and other public areas, looking to steal purses or briefcases. Pools and beaches also are prime locations for such crimes; never leave valuables unguarded. In fact, always leave valuables at home, and carry as little cash as possible.

Avoid walking in public parks or areas that are isolated at night, such as Parque Mirador del Sur, and areas that surround Santo Domingo's National District, such as Santo Domingo Oeste, Este, and Norte. Also be cautious in certain areas within the National District, including East of Avenue Maximo Gomez, Simon Bolivar, Luperon, Espaillat, and Capotillo; South of Parque Mirador del Sur, West of Avenue Luperon, Avenue George Washington, Paseo Presidente Billini, and Avenue del Puerto.

If confronted by a criminal with a weapon, hand over your valuables. Resistance can lead to violence.

Police response to crime may be slow, and official misconduct remains a problem within the National Police force. Soliciting and accepting bribes, such as for traffic stops, is not unheard of.

Road Safety

The highway network in the Dominican Republic is generally good, but driving conditions can be dangerous in urban areas and even on highways. Traffic controls and enforcement can be lax, and drivers are often aggressive. Visitors are advised to avoid public transportation in favor of hotel-dispatched taxis or, for intercity travel, reputable tour bus companies. Travel at night should be avoided, even on major highways. Consider hiring a local driver.

You might also like
Dominican Republic is the Jewel of the Caribbean
Dominican Republic is the Jewel of the Caribbean
Is it Safe for 14 Year Old Boy for Trip to Dominican Republic
Is it Safe for 14 Year Old Boy for Trip to Dominican Republic
Westjet Spreads Christmas Cheer To The Dominican Republic
Westjet Spreads Christmas Cheer To The Dominican Republic
Caribbean Amazing Presidente Beer Coffee & Chocolate Ceramic Mug
Kitchen (Caribbean Amazing)
  • Cerveza Presidente Ceramig Mug
  • Beautiful & Exclusive Ceramic Mug
  • Imported from Dominican Republic
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Regular Size
Danetre Gifts Dominican Republic Flag Sheet of 21 Photo Gloss Stickers
Home (Danetre Gifts)
  • A sheet of 21 photo gloss stickers each 2.5 inches x 1.5 inches. Each sticker has a thin white band around the flag image.
  • Printed in house by us in our UK workshop.
  • Exclusive to Danetre Gifts
  • Any flag can be printed up as these stickers. If you cannot find the flag you want let us know and we will be able to add it to Amazon.
  • Each sheet of stickers is cellophane bagged and posted in a Do Not Bend envelope for safe transit
Danetre Gifts Dominican Republic Flag Pack of 12 Gift Tags
Home (Danetre Gifts)
  • Pack of 12, 2.5 inch x 2 inch photo gloss inkjet printed gift tags
  • Each tag features the flag image shown on a white background with the name of the flag below in text, they are printed onto 260gsm heavy photo card for a nice glossy...
  • They are then packed into an organza gift bag with twelve 8 inch lengths of natural colour double sided satin ribbon to use as ties if required.
  • Example image gives you an idea of how a UK flag would look as a tag with the flag on a white background and the name of the country in text below.
  • Each bag of tags is then cellophane bagged and posted in a bubble bag for safe transit.
Dominican Republic República Dominicana Soft Terry Cotton Infant Baby Bib Pink
Apparel
  • This thirsty cotton bib is super handy and is made of comporable Cotton Terry. Just throw it in the washing machine after each use.
  • Contrasting gingham trim around entire bib. Velcro closure at the back of the neck. Size: One Size Fits Most
  • A soft hand, commercial grade, digital print on the front of a terrycloth. No cheap iron on or scrinprint.
  • Soft & safe water-based pigment ink is safe for your baby s delicate skin plus it s comfortable and easy to wash!
  • Unique, copyrighted design.This is not an unauthorized replica or counterfeit item. This is an original inspired design and does not infringe on any rights holders...
MyHeritageWear.com Dominican Republic Flag Coffee Cup
Kitchen (MyHeritageWear.com)
  • 11 Ounce Ceramic Coffee Mug
  • Dishwasher and Microwave Safe
  • Flag will not fade or discolor
  • Makes a Great Gift or Present
  • High Quality with Lasting Durability - Made in the USA
Related Posts