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    On our recent trip in January we were snorkelling at Boca Catalina. While on the beach area we were approached by 2 men in their 20's who said they were from Columbia. They seemed very interested in striking up a conversation and persisted in asking us many personal questions, to which we gave vague replies. We were in the process of packing up to go and didn't feel threatened, but assumed that they were probably attemting to befriend us and then offer drugs for sale. It was very odd they wanted to talk to us, and that "6th sense" kind of kicked in and we left the area pretty quickly. You just have to be careful. Were approached in years past in front of Holiday Inn while walking at night. I still don't think that it's as bad in Aruba as on other islands.

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    paul and i had a nice conversation just a short while ago with one of the aruban police officers that was here at lacabana, enjoying his family visiting from holland.
    his sister, hubby own a week here.

    the officer told us that in the past 4 months crime has taken a nice noticeable downturn, especially house breaks and he mentioned the apprehension and prosecution of a few young thugs from somewhere in s america south america. they and their parents have been deported. (illegals).
    we talked a lot about crime, drugs and safety.
    he mentioned the amount of jobs here on island, unable to be filled by arubans and the unscrupulous companies that do not perform background checks on "outta towners" therefore things at times are problematic.

    i mentioned to him rettager's house break and the lack of communication to the victim.
    i gave no names, i do not even know the name.

    i encouraged him to sign up for this forum and give his accounts first hand.

    he was very adamant about the more visible police and security presence and how very important it is for the folks here on island to be safe.

    he said the aruban's take great pride in their little island and even the petty crimes are taken very seriously.

    he said lately lots of focus has been on traffic , drunk driving and speeding.

    he seems to be a nice man and has been on the police force here for 15 years.
    andrea






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    great to hear that information Andrea. Safety is such a big concern when people travel and great to hear about the downturn in house/rental break ins.

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    If there's a drug problem let me know I can help out. LOL

    I haven't been approached in years, oh the good ol days........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    paul and i had a nice conversation just a short while ago with one of the aruban police officers that was here at lacabana, enjoying his family visiting from holland.
    his sister, hubby own a week here.

    i encouraged him to sign up for this forum and give his accounts first hand.

    andrea
    GO get him...make him sign up !!!

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    Never been approached in Aruba...

    I am sure if I looked for it, I could find it.

    On some other Islands - I was approached before I got out of the airport.
    -Eric, Karen and Mia-
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