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    My advice would be: if not really, really necessary, do not bring those valuable items like laptop, iPod, expensive cellphones, jewelry etc on your vacation. As those are the items, thieves will be targeting.

    But if you want to or must, maybe a travel insurance for those valuables could be an option? I'm not sure about it, I have read not so great reviews, that those kind of travel insurances are kind of useless as they have caps and only pay a portion of the actually item.

    Here is an excerpt, more info at the link:

    You’ve been robbed.


    As you might expect, this is the reason that most experts in the travel industry recommend that travelers leave their expensive jewelry, electronics, and other important items at home instead of taking them on your trip. Unless you can be in constant contact with those items – as in, you’re wearing them – it’s hard to guarantee they won’t be stolen.
    Your travel insurance plan has excellent baggage coverage: a high policy limit ($2,500) but you notice a per-item limit of $300 and a specific item limit of $600. Every single item you packed was well over that special item limit! This means the maximum you’re likely to get from your travel insurance is $600.

    http://www.travelinsurancereview.net...cover-jewelry/

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    My DH actually bought me a nice laptop when I travel to Aruba again. However, I don't like to worry about loosing my nice laptop and would rather leave it at home.

    I had been to some Internet Cafes on Aruba in the past. It was quite reasonable and actually fun. I bumped into a nice lady I had met a few days earlier and we exchanged hugs and smiles.

    I just googled to see if there are now much more Internet Cafes on Aruba and it seems, there are. Here is the link with some comments:

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic...ach_Aruba.html

    Maybe that's a good option instead of bringing the own laptop and taking the risk? Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    My advice would be: if not really, really necessary, do not bring those valuable items like laptop, iPod, expensive cellphones, jewelry etc on your vacation. As those are the items, thieves will be targeting.
    • Dh needs to travel with his laptop for work. Using an interenet cafe is not an option because he sometimes needs to work for a couple of hours and his job requires proprietary software.
    • If I have to leave my kindle home, there is no sense in my taking a relaxing vacation. Over the course of an entire year, I save up specific books to read on vacation.
    • I don't travel with a cell phone, don't even own a smart phone, but dh "only" has a smart phone. We cannot travel without a cell phone because we need to contact the car service.
    • Dd would leave the iPad home if she had to, but leave home without her iPod.


    Is it worth traveling if you cannot bring along your creature comforts because the lodgings do not provide adequate security?

    Retagger (David) has all of his bases covered for his renters, unfortunately he has learned through experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post

    • Dh needs to travel with his laptop for work. Using an interenet cafe is not an option because he sometimes needs to work for a couple of hours and his job requires proprietary software.
    • If I have to leave my kindle home, there is no sense in my taking a relaxing vacation. Over the course of an entire year, I save up specific books to read on vacation.
    • I don't travel with a cell phone, don't even own a smart phone, but dh "only" has a smart phone. We cannot travel without a cell phone because we need to contact the car service.
    • Dd would leave the iPad home if she had to, but leave home without her iPod.


    Is it worth traveling if you cannot bring along your creature comforts because the lodgings do not provide adequate security?

    Retagger (David) has all of his bases covered for his renters, unfortunately he has learned through experience.
    I do understand your points. And the desire to bring along those items so that you can enjoy them during your vacation. I personally don't need any of this, just a cheap cell phone. But people are different, I do understand that.

    It's just that those thieves are after those valuable items. And therefore, you are at a higher risk losing them.

    This particular rental home had two safes and a security system. But the thieves found a way around it. Sure, security can be improved but the thieves might find again a way around it.

    There are plenty of movies where thieves try to outsmart the security systems of really valuable items like famous paintings, famous jewelry etc and there is just no guaranty that anything is really safe, IMO.

    I read that Aruba's Law Enforcement made many improvements, they have now a K9 unit, police officers getting special training etc. More security/surveillance cameras being installed etc. But I also believe, with the growth of tourism and growth of population, crime increases as well. JMO.

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    a number of years ago, a friend was staying in that very same area.......a villa rental.
    her unit was locked and she and her husband were out to dinner and casino.
    the thieves let themselves in thru the main door and the safe ripped from the wall.
    as it turned out, from what i was told.......the thieves were former guests of the very same unit.

    so, it is important too, to make sure that "former tenants" are not going to be thieving thugs.
    do owners have to change the locks after "every" tenant?

    the aruba police have made strides in responding and investigating.
    it is too bad that they have had too, isn't it?
    but with the increase of population, immigrants (legal and illegal) and tourists..........the police are being kept plenty busy

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    We stayed in Malmock last year in the aruba beach studios and during the night I was woken by a clatter outside I switched on the bedroom light and started chatting to my husband, we assumed it was the resident cat knocking something over outside and went back to sleep. In the morning the police were at the property and one of the employees informed us they had had a prowler during the night. I guess me turning on the light and talking deterred the intruder from trying our place. We are staying in palma real now and I must say I feel safer knowing that there's 23 hour security and plenty of other people around.

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    Lol 24 hour security!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsLancaster2B View Post
    Lol 24 hour security!
    LOL! I thought security needs a little break as well! (no pun intended!)

    I have been staying in the area as well, in total three times. Luckily, no incidences. I felt very safe. But I do remember that during my very first stay I had been told to close and lock my door of my apartment at night, not to get a false feeling of security just because it felt so safe. And that I should lock my doors during the day even when I just leave my apartment for a short time.

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