i am stunned that it is reported that an aruba police officer, told the theft victim, that the front desk police officer stole it.
police are a pretty tight group...in aruba, in usa, everywhere.
it is unimaginable that one would "rat out" another.
I am in shock! SMH. The first day when I arrive, I am also carrying around a lot of cash until I check into the room. However, sometimes I go to Lings or Superfoods prior to check in because my room is not ready so I will be on guard from now on. I usually carry 2 wallets on the first day, divide the money and I have a walet in each pocket.
Hope you can try to enjoy the rest of the trip despite this incident which would be very hard for me to shake off.
traveler's checks (amex) either paper or their debit card is a great option.
casinos and most resorts will cash your travelers checks
You would think the government and tourist associations would be concerned about storys like this and do something. Getting known as an unsafe place to travel can cost thousands of tourists to find another vacation spot. The fact that crime is everywhere is one thing but if tourists start to think the police and government don't make any attempt to stop it or are complicit in it, they will quit coming, even to Aruba. It is simply not good for business to be perceived as soft on crime.
I agree with Arubabob but I have to say, I kind of agree with Andrea. I find it strange that the cops would admit oh, one of our guys stole your wallet. If that did happen "just like that", then the Aruban PD is filled with idiots. But I can't imagine they would admit that. But what do I know, maybe they are idiots. Or maybe what they said is the desk duty PO misplaced it or its not in the evidence folder and the victims interpreted it that way. I'm not saying the PO didn't do it, I'm just saying I can't figure out why the PD would admit one of their own stole it.
As some of you know, I own 2 Villas here on the Island and timeshares at Costa Linda. I read this post and have been thinking about the reported incident. I must admit I am totally surprised at the claim that the police officer took the item as this action is contradictory to the assistance I have received from the police here when dealing with issues. There has been an increase in the size of the police force on the Island and improved training. I cannot dispute the issue that arose several years ago when several officers in St Nicolaas were caught and charged with theft and break ins. Since then there has been an effort to enforce better policing. I am surprised to see a greater presence of patrols during both day and night.
I wonder if the officer who made the statement that another officer took it, may have had real issues with the English language. I jave personally encountered this.
Also, I wonder if there has been any verification that this incident really happened?
I agree this should be taken as reminder that one has got to be aware of their surroundings at all times and proactive in protecting yourself/your purse/your drink, etc.
Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ
We all need to use "common sense" wherever we are, in our own towns or out of the country anywhere. Aruba is known to be one of the safer islands, however, we all know there is no place anywhere that is not 100% safe or free of crazy people. If we waited for a place to go that is 100% safe of free of any type of crime, we would never leave our houses. Just try to be aware of your surroundings and try to keep your personal items close. It seems to be a way of like these days as sad as I am to say it but I also believe there are more good than bad out there.
On our visit Christmas 2011, which was the first in about 5 years, there was a very noticeable increased police presence that startled me. I attributed it to an increase in tourists and cruise stops. Not only can locals commit petty theft but I've also been told that other travelers can be less than upstanding citizens. If they are on a cruise, they can swipe your stuff and be gone before you know what happened.
I don't carry much money on me when we go shopping, out to dinner or gambling. Hubby carries it in his front pocket, which we feel is safer. However, I always have about $100 in my purse in 20s so I can buy drinks if we're separated and have cab fare to get back to our hotel should he decide to dump me at the casino. LOL