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    Okay, that did not take long for confirmation that my Papiamento reading skills are actually pretty good. My friend confirmed that there have been 14 armed attacks in the first 6 weeks of the year! Wow!!!!!!

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    I am at a total loss for words. I feel like someone is trying to steal my "happy place"- this can't happen!!!!! I honestly don't know what to say to my wife about this situation, we don't do the secret thing and she always knows when I am off...and today I will be off when she gets home.

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    It's really sad to read about all these incidents in Aruba. Unfortunately, there is crime everywhere. We're heading to Vegas in a little more than a month, and they had 2 incidents over the weekend; an armed robbery at Bellagio and a shooting outside the Cosmopolitan that left one dead. When we travel we need to be cautious everywhere.

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    I did see both of those situations in Vegas. This world is changing fast and not for the better. I worry about what this world is going to be like when my son grows and is old enough to have his own son....I see see tomorrows adults in my classes daily and I will be honest, I don't like what I see. That is not to say we don't have little superstars that will make their mark on this world and do great things...we just have to many that will make a different type of mark on this world

    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    It's really sad to read about all these incidents in Aruba. Unfortunately, there is crime everywhere. We're heading to Vegas in a little more than a month, and they had 2 incidents over the weekend; an armed robbery at Bellagio and a shooting outside the Cosmopolitan that left one dead. When we travel we need to be cautious everywhere.

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    disturbing to say the least!
    crime is crime no matter where.

    however, i am wondering where on the island those armed attacks happened?

    all folks, no matter where they travel/vacation or at home, must take precautions until crime is eliminated.
    crime exists everywhere and for crime to be defeated the police and the government must be one step ahead of the punks.
    hard to do in large metro areas.
    probably easier to do in small places like aruba.
    police and government and community agencies should be able to at least be visible and be on the offensive instead of defensive.

    i hope that the police, the ata, ahata and community agencies make strides in reducing crime by working together.



    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4ever View Post
    Okay, that did not take long for confirmation that my Papiamento reading skills are actually pretty good. My friend confirmed that there have been 14 armed attacks in the first 6 weeks of the year! Wow!!!!!!

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    Its a great question as to where these other attacks occurred. The only ones we knew about happened in the tourist areas- Superfood area, Tam and ??? forget the other one, all happened more recently so there are at least 17 and counting-

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    disturbing to say the least!
    crime is crime no matter where.

    however, i am wondering where on the island those armed attacks happened?

    all folks, no matter where they travel/vacation or at home, must take precautions until crime is eliminated.
    crime exists everywhere and for crime to be defeated the police and the government must be one step ahead of the punks.
    hard to do in large metro areas.
    probably easier to do in small places like aruba.
    police and government and community agencies should be able to at least be visible and be on the offensive instead of defensive.

    i hope that the police, the ata, ahata and community agencies make strides in reducing crime by working together.

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    I would like to know where they happened and more specifically what time. I had planned to take walks around the hotel area with my daughter or go into town. I guess more beach days will happen if we aren't in our pack of 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Ratt View Post
    This came to me via Angelo, the fellow who likes to send out updates on the island and the "real" news about what's going on. Calls his updates "Vacations By Aruba"

    "A couple of days later two robberies took place on the same day. The first attack was on a dutch couple near RIU hotel and few moments later another couple was attacked by supposedly the same thief near the Tamarijn resort."

    First off, they must have been really fast to get from the Riu to the Tamarijn in moments, but that doesn't matter.
    Anybody know anything about these occurences?
    Just kinda curious considering I generally exist around the Tamarijn and Druif beach...


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    let me respond. As with everywhere, there is and will be crime. What is missing in the news reports is detail!!! Not all of these incidents were against tourists! I have some personal knowledge and am aware of some that have happened. In a number of cases it seems that business owners, those who have ssentially cash businesses have been held up. A neighbour with a restaurant had a visit in the night from some undesirables who believed he took the cash home at night. Wrong! Another was a garden centre ( well known to many). It was a late night home invasion. Once again the perps believed the cash had been taken home. There have been more incidents.

    in my opinion, some of these businesses have employed low level workers and not performed adequate background checks. It seems that many of these are inside jobs. Not all but...

    In my 14 years here, yes Aruba has changed. Too much pressure on the locals to make money, lax immigration for the sake of bringing in labour, poor Govt follow through on legislated issues...I.e. Rules regarding beach vendors

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    I had a gentlemen I respect who works on the island (not a native) highly suggest I NEVER walk home from the casinos. He would not give me any specifics other than he said it was not worth the risk. He repeated those words several times and during that trip I cabbed it home most nights but still not all. With the extra knowledge I have currently I won't be walking anywhere except on the beach during the day.

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    Other attack was on the walkway between Ritz and Marriott

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