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    Denial or their attempt to help everyone feel a little safer.

    Same as has been said in the recent past - Aruba is a safe island compared to many other islands, however you must take precautions. Don't walk thru the bushes to get to Superfood - take a $5 taxi ride. Don't walk thru an unlit, unoccupied area alone at night. I'm not by any mean saying it is the fault of those who have been attacked - I'm just saying to think first and be cautious. It only takes about half of the thought process you would use walking thru NYC on any given day! Hopefully the government & police are working on the immigration & safety issues they are being made aware of.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Among all the islands of the Southern Caribbean, Aruba is by far one of the safest islands. Wish I could say the same for my twin island republic. From what I can gather it appears that the ones perpetrating these crimes are not residents of Aruba and are illegal overstays. Which means that the police and immigration need to really co-ordinate their efforts in enforcing the law and insuring the safety of both its citizens, residents and visitors. This needs to begin on arrival, with confirming that the arriving visitor has a return ticket home within the time that they are allowed to remain on the island, in addition to confirmation about the place where they will be staying while on Aruba. As an added cautionary measure Immigration and the Police service should conduct a background check with the law enforcement service of said arrivals home country. Examine things like the frequency of their visits to Aruba, how long they tend to stay on the island during each visit, where they have visited within the past year, if they have any flags on their passport etc. Nip it in the bud before they are allowed to proceed beyond the immigration hall or before they are allowed to leave the airport.

    The last thing that Aruba wants to become is a Police State or to have it's positive reputation tarnished by a rise in crime. If this is not dealt with it could become like its neighbors in the other islands of the West Indies.

    In addition to visiting Aruba to rest, relax, recharge and meet up with a friend who lives on the island, I also do it to take a break from all the negative press. Here's hoping something gets done really soon.

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    I had always told people in the past that I had no qualms about taking a taxi myself and going downtown to shop when hubby wasn't so keen on doing so. I also take walks everyday, sometimes three times a day along the beach, along the walkway in the high rise area; during the day, by myself. Hubby and I walk to the casinos at night, and like you CP, we walk along from HI to Hilton to Hyatt with cash in our pockets (well, we hope to have cash in our pockets). Hubby always told me to give my cash to him as he feels its safer in his front pocket than in my loosely hanging purse. I'm hoping for more positive news in the next 6 months, as I don't want to be hesitant when we go in September, but we may have to change our habits a bit.

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    I guess one of the issues we have is that we loved Aruba because it wasn't like anywhere else. Roam freely without a care, surrounded by smiling faces. We'd hate to see it become like so much of the rest of the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schexc View Post
    I guess one of the issues we have is that we loved Aruba because it wasn't like anywhere else. Roam freely without a care, surrounded by smiling faces. We'd hate to see it become like so much of the rest of the world.
    Ahhh.. But where can you see those smiling faces accompanied by a flaming wheel of parmesan cheese?!?

    Because: Aruba-ness.

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    and our topic here is "the reported crime(s)"
    i too went off topic with the parking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    and our topic here is "the reported crime(s)"
    i too went off topic with the parking.
    Oy with the parking already!

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    I follow a few accounts related to Aruba on Instagram. One of them being "arubahome". they recently posted a video of the beaches and a woman commented this "One thing missing in this video, and on the island is police visibility. The crime rate is increasing, and unfortunately we (3 white females) were attacked at gun point just outside the divi golf/tam resort".

    She goes on to say that the police response were horrible and she is actually still waiting for them to contact her.

    Now, I do not know the details of his attack but every day I am becoming more and more concerned about our upcoming trip. We are 8 women travelling together (ages 17-48), staying at the Surf Club. I know we should always be cautious and aware of our surroundings and all that but for real, what is happening here? My husband's friend just returned and he told my husband that the hotel where they stayed told them not to leave the resort at night (I've asked him to find out the name of the place where he stayed...still waiting).

    I understand that the police and the government do not want this getting out for fear of a downturn in tourism dollars. But for God sakes - why can't they implement more patrols and more police on foot. Why can't they make it so that the criminals are basically walking away with stolen money - and nobody is even looking for them?

    Sorry for the rant. Just a bit frustrated and concerned here.

    Jacki

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    Jacki (lucky), the Surf club does have a little golf cart shuttle that you could use to go from the Marriott hotel and casino back to your place at the Surf. You ladies could also use taxis if you are concerned about walking at night. I think it's good to be cautious, but ultimately I thin you can still have a great time with your friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucky978 View Post
    I follow a few accounts related to Aruba on Instagram. One of them being "arubahome". they recently posted a video of the beaches and a woman commented this "One thing missing in this video, and on the island is police visibility. The crime rate is increasing, and unfortunately we (3 white females) were attacked at gun point just outside the divi golf/tam resort".

    She goes on to say that the police response were horrible and she is actually still waiting for them to contact her.

    Now, I do not know the details of his attack but every day I am becoming more and more concerned about our upcoming trip. We are 8 women travelling together (ages 17-48), staying at the Surf Club. I know we should always be cautious and aware of our surroundings and all that but for real, what is happening here? My husband's friend just returned and he told my husband that the hotel where they stayed told them not to leave the resort at night (I've asked him to find out the name of the place where he stayed...still waiting).

    I understand that the police and the government do not want this getting out for fear of a downturn in tourism dollars. But for God sakes - why can't they implement more patrols and more police on foot. Why can't they make it so that the criminals are basically walking away with stolen money - and nobody is even looking for them?

    Sorry for the rant. Just a bit frustrated and concerned here.

    Jacki
    Jacki, don't freak out over this. There may be limited police presence, but there is an abundance of security at the Surf Club, indeed the entire Marriott compound. I doubt the police and government are trying to hide anything, but it is bad press for tourists, especially newbies. If one looks at the crime rate in any large US city they will find it much more disturbing than the occasional crime in Aruba. And consider the fact that most people that are out and about are tourists, that further skews the "statistics". Please go to Aruba, maintain your situational awareness and have a great time. I'm not sure when you will be in Aruba, but if it's within the next few weeks, look for the attractive couple in the pool at the Surf Club having cocktails and playing bingo. We'd love to meet you!

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