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    I'm glad you took the time to discuss. I am seriously contemplating a second home purchase there and want to make an informed,
    safe decision. Everyone does not just live in the "tourist area" and the beaches along tourist row. That is wonderful that these people
    are feeling safe, it is unfortunate that elsewhere is starting to become a different story.
    If they want revenue from tourists they need to keep them safe, but what about their own locals and people semi retired there?
    Shouldn't they have police that show up?
    Before Tom even posted this we had heard through friends about several things that makes you think twice about buying there if
    you can only be there several months out of the year.
    The other side of that is, would you feel safe living there year round alone?
    Maybe best to just vacation there for now, especially since half the condos they advertise for sale have gone under (yet they
    still advertise)

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    I think its best to vacation there for now, too.

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    i am going off topic a bit mea culpa.....
    which condos have gone under that are being advertised?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaryG View Post
    I'm glad you took the time to discuss. I am seriously contemplating a second home purchase there and want to make an informed,
    safe decision. Everyone does not just live in the "tourist area" and the beaches along tourist row. That is wonderful that these people
    are feeling safe, it is unfortunate that elsewhere is starting to become a different story.
    If they want revenue from tourists they need to keep them safe, but what about their own locals and people semi retired there?
    Shouldn't they have police that show up?
    Before Tom even posted this we had heard through friends about several things that makes you think twice about buying there if
    you can only be there several months out of the year.
    The other side of that is, would you feel safe living there year round alone?
    Maybe best to just vacation there for now, especially since half the condos they advertise for sale have gone under (yet they
    still advertise)

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    I know Aqua for sure and then I forget the name of the other one that is just trying to fulfill present buyers condos, I believe it starts w/ a T. Sorry senior moment here. Aqua has had orders for the condos and has yet to fulfill them. I had a great conversation w/ our taxi driver over the summer and he said it is
    Venezuelan owned and ran into problems w/ the money etc. He was hoping w/ a new president maybe it would get better. Not sure that has happened yet.

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    Thx!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by MaryG View Post
    I know Aqua for sure and then I forget the name of the other one that is just trying to fulfill present buyers condos, I believe it starts w/ a T. Sorry senior moment here. Aqua has had orders for the condos and has yet to fulfill them. I had a great conversation w/ our taxi driver over the summer and he said it is
    Venezuelan owned and ran into problems w/ the money etc. He was hoping w/ a new president maybe it would get better. Not sure that has happened yet.

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    We - with words - can cause wonder, tranquility, honesty or lies or we can really stink up a vacation. Just a thought.

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    Tom,

    You are right that none of the brazen burglaries have made it to the newspapers or TV News. Aruban authorities seem to think sweeping it under the rug is the way to go. In the early morning of May 1st (between 1-3:30am), 6 homes were hit by evidently the same gang of 3 guys (maybe it's your same gang of 4 and one took a sick day or union break) Anyway, two homes in Orajenstad, 2 homes in Bubali and 2 in my neighborhood (Noord-within 2 blocks of one another) were hit. Aruba "CSI" took fingerprints, footprints..etc, our PM who had one of his long-term rentals hit that night actually gave the police a photo from a security camera; Aruba police's response was, "yes we know that guy but we don't know where he lives now". Kid you not. The police seem to be using their incompetancy as a weapon now. Needless to say, so far no arrests. I know Aquaman was hit last Sept while he and Mrs Aquamann were at my house enjoying a few beverages in our new pool.

    The Aruban authorities have an obligation to protect the interests of those that have invested in Aruba and sadly, they don't seem to see it that way. I for one am rethinking my long-term plans now. If I felt that authorites were commiting to cleaning up the crime that's one thing, but I don't get that sense and it seems that the only way to get any action is by a bunch of us owners banding together and publicly shaming them into action.

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    Nice to see you back cubella.
    Sorry it is under these circumstances .
    Apparently the police need to examine their policing
    and community / neighborhood groups need to be heard by the police.
    Do you know the police spokesman? He or she needs to be contacted.
    thanks for posting.

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    Thanks Andrea, it is inredibly frustrating and sad because if they got serious about crime, they could easily make a dent.

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    A few months ago, my dad asked whether I thought investing in a vacation home in Aruba was worthwhile. Because of conversations such as this, I had to say no.

    Anyone who knows how much I love love love Aruba, knows that it nearly killed me to tell him that I thought a second home in Aruba was a terrible idea and poor investment.

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