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    Crime on the resorts? Finally it hits...

    I'd like to pass on a bit of very unfortunate news.
    And I'll quote this one.... "It was a VERY VERY Dark ending when Two Teenagers grabbed one of our Guests' Purse with $500 in it and more and ran away with it..."
    Uh, this was reported by a good friend of mine at the Tamarijn.
    It would seem that the crime has gone from clothing stores, then banks, homes, on the road and now at hotel areas, culminating in aggression toward tourists.

    As I recall there USED to be something called a visiblity team, which, as humourous as the relatively LARGE fellows driving around on the little scooter were, they were still intimidating (perhaps the wrong word) for the low lifes and dealers on the beaches.

    Might be time to become a little more visible...
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    Well thank stinks. I know Im gonna hear it for saying this, but here it goes. Walking around anywhere with with $500 cash in pocketbook is not a great idea. No it shouldnt happen but it does. We did take some advise on this forum and for the 1st time we bought a vacation vault that we will use at the beach when walking or swimming. Maybe now even use it in our trunk if we leave something behind. Sorry to hear about your friend. Hope they find the criminals.
    Sean and Susan

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    i don't think it matters if you had $500 or $5 on you. they were still robbed. the robbers didn't know what score they'd have. it could have been someone who had their medication in their purse and they HAVE to carry it around with them.

    where is the tamarijn located? is that the high rise area or low rise area or inbetween???

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    I initially had the response of "Why in the world, if you're staying at the Tam, would you need to have that much money on you?", and considering it happened at the end of the evening by the pool, it's not as if you need all that cash... nothing at the Tam is open that late...
    However, as the Lady pointed out, there's still shopping downtown, high-rise area, by the Alhambra, etc., etc.
    Also the cash may have been winnings from a local casino.

    At any rate, this is going to be something of a major wake-up call for those of us who haven't given the idea of this sort of thing a second thought.
    It's always been clear sailing in regard to "worrying" about the idea of this sort of crime, and I guess it's time to start being a little more aware.

    And, if you do in fact score big at the casino, for goodness sake, take it back to your room, lock it in the safe and keep your eyes open.

    This isn't fun to think about, but this too is a fact of life.

    And for what it's worth, the Tamarijn is in the low rise hotel area, not that it makes a difference. This seems to be happening all over the place. Used to be centralized downtown, but with the spread of "attractions" it's happening more and more in more locations.


    Be well all,
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    That is sad to hear. We always stay at the Divi and frequently walk over to the Tamarijn without any issue. I did notice when we were there in October that there were a bunch of kids hanging around on bikes. Security was chasing them off but I didn't think much of it. Guess they should bring the visibility team back.

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    Crime happens everywhere. I am somewhat surprised it happened on grounds but not shocked. I have been to Aruba 8x and always feel safe, I am thinking I will feel the same in April as well.

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    i use cash. when i go out at nite, I allow myself a certain amount to lose at the casino (never much, lol). and I NEVER have my purse hanging on my shoulder without holding on to the actual purse part (city living mentality). i never take my credit cards out with me because i only use them for car rental, phone and nothing else so there's no need to carry them on my person.

    crime does happen everywhere so the best we can hope for is to be diligent and aware. if you were home, would you let your purse hang from your shoulder walking through the streets? most of us wouldn't. I do the same things on vacation. of course prior to retiring, my job was spent day in and out with the denizens of society so I don't trust anyone as a general rule.

    8 more days and yeah, in paradise. I can't wait...........

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    absolutely lock your valuables.....cash jewelry etc in your room safe.

    you say it seems to be "happening all over the place"........
    i don't know, really.

    these snatch and grabs are infrequent due to the fact that the visibility teams are doing their job.
    their presence is well noted especially at eagle and palm beaches.

    so sad, that we all have to be on our guard in paradise Aruba.

    i do not think people should panic as a result of this crime.
    i do think people have to be aware of their surroundings and always be cautious.

    re: casino winnings
    at some casinos, if there is a large cash payout a casino security person will accompany you to your car or taxi.
    take advantage of that!! (if you are a winner)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Ratt View Post

    And, if you do in fact score big at the casino, for goodness sake, take it back to your room, lock it in the safe and keep your eyes open.

    This isn't fun to think about, but this too is a fact of life.

    And for what it's worth, the Tamarijn is in the low rise hotel area, not that it makes a difference. This seems to be happening all over the place. Used to be centralized downtown, but with the spread of "attractions" it's happening more and more in more locations.


    Be well all,

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    ratt,
    not sure of how often this happens? but, the young generation on the island so
    badly want to emulate the thug mentality of american gangster's as many of our network broadcast and music videos portray these artists as heroes..
    would you want your children admiring guy's name GUNPLAY, HOLLA NIGGA, etc?

    realize i'm off topic, but i have watched the mentality on the island follow this direction..

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    please if we want to discuss the social impact of "hoodlums and gangstas" and everything in between... and the impact of american music videos, gang worshiping etc and such, let's do it over on the off Topic.
    let's get back to talking about safety at resorts, beaches and around town.

    and ricky........many people have the same thoughts as you re: emulating thug mentality. it's not just happening in aruba, but all over the world. sad isn't it?

    Quote Originally Posted by ricky59 View Post
    ratt,
    not sure of how often this happens? but, the young generation on the island so
    badly want to emulate the thug mentality of american gangster's as many of our network broadcast and music videos portray these artists as heroes..
    would you want your children admiring guy's name GUNPLAY, HOLLA NIGGA, etc?

    realize i'm off topic, but i have watched the mentality on the island follow this direction..

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