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    Traceyd14, you, my good friend, and your husband show good sound judgment in the way you both handle your monies and credit cards. Good for you! I hope many of our Forum Members, do read your suggestions and take heed. I salute both of you and hope on each and every trip you take, wherever, you have a wonderful and safe time.

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    We also carry very little cash when we travel and used credit cards almost all of the time. We hardly bring any jewelry either. When we leave our rental car in a parking lot, there is nothing left in plain sight and what we do carry is locked in the trunk.
    As far as police presence, we too have seen a large increase. Hopefully it's all for the better.
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    We don't treat Aruba any different than being back home in the USA. No matter where you go there will be crime, you just have to pay attention, and unfortunatly
    trust no one. I know this sounds bad but sometimes its the only way.

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    The day you are going to have a lot of cash on you is upon arrival so the best thing to do is to check in, put your cash in the safety deposit box and just carry a few dollars and credit cards. Sometimes my room is not ready and I go to the supermarket and I'm walking around with $500 to $600 cash but I divide it up into 2 wallets a cheap velcro and a leather wallet.

    I've seen women leave their purse on the chair next to them at the casino. Makes it easier for a theif walking buy to grab the purse while they are so into the game. Also a lot of people spend a lot time in the water at the beach so their items are left unattended for a long time. I'm one of them. However, I don't bring my cell phone, kindle, MP3 player, camera, really nothing of any value. I bring something to read, some cheap sun glasses, cheap reading glasses, sun tan lotion and a velcro wallet with like 4 singles to tip the guy who brings the chairs and tip the bartender when I get a frozen drink at the beach bar which is charged to my room.

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    The home that we rent in Aruba was broken into just last month. The home has bars on the windows as well as a security system but was still burglarized. It happened in the middle of the night while the renters were asleep. They actually woke up in the middle of the night as it was happening, luckily no one was hurt. I'm assuming they didn't set the alarm since they were in the home (many don't) but regardless of that, knowing how bold these particular criminals were is shocking.











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    Since our first trip to Aruba we have only rented in a gated community with 24 hour security. After reading about all of these incidences I doubt that we'd stay anywhere else. What a shame...
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    I hardly ever saw any police activities till the king arrival... but like most I bring little cash.. keep some in my short pockets in my room...
    make copies of all my credit cards that I have (use the one with points.. )
    Don't carry anything important on me either such as SS cards, passports, birth certificates and etc.. Even at home I never carry my SS card or important info.. my coworker whom is from Costa Rica has all of her important papers in her bag, everything.. it was stolen. It took her many months to get her everything reapplied.

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    My Sister in law was robbed by the airport security at Dominican Republic...they won at the casino and had $1,500 in her purse and made her get searched and had my Brother in law leave...he thought it was weird but they wanted him away and they took her money during a distraction....by asking her questions. They reported it to the US government but no luck, when they landed. She realized it on the plane that the money was gone. They saw it on the scanner and pulled the money when they had the chance. A very hard lesson to learn. I have never thought that could happen but greed and money, can get the best of people. I think if he had it in his wallet it might not have happened. I know they spent a lot of time trying to get something done.....but no luck. So I will tell everyone about this action to make people aware....

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    Whenever we go to Aruba we keep the majority of our cash in the safe in our room. We only stay at the Costa Linda and the Renaissance Ocean Suites, so luckily both our rooms have safes. My husband and his father are quite the BlackJack players, so they tend to carry quite a bit of cash when they are in Aruba. If we know we are going gambling we will leave the majority of the cash in the room and only take what we plan to use for that night. My purse is a small cross over square bag that I keep on my person no matter what. I don't hang it on the chair when sitting at the BlackJack table even.

    I don't trust ANYONE, unfortunately nowadays you just can't. I am glad someone is posting about this to make people more aware...

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricaLovesAruba! View Post
    Whenever we go to Aruba we keep the majority of our cash in the safe in our room. We only stay at the Costa Linda and the Renaissance Ocean Suites, so luckily both our rooms have safes. My husband and his father are quite the BlackJack players, so they tend to carry quite a bit of cash when they are in Aruba. If we know we are going gambling we will leave the majority of the cash in the room and only take what we plan to use for that night. My purse is a small cross over square bag that I keep on my person no matter what. I don't hang it on the chair when sitting at the BlackJack table even.

    I don't trust ANYONE, unfortunately nowadays you just can't. I am glad someone is posting about this to make people more aware...
    Th is crossover purses are the best for travelling. I first got mine before we went on a cruise. Now I won't travel without it. It's so convenient and easy to keep right on you.

    Our last 2 trips we have done travellers checks for our casino money and I feel safer doing it That way. We had no problems cashing them at the casino. Last time we even brought a couple back home which was a nice change.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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