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Thread: Recent Aruba travelers....you notice greater police presence?

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    Recent Aruba travelers....you notice greater police presence?

    While in Aruba in May, we noticed a higher presence of Aruba police patrolling, on foot, bikes and motor vehicles.
    We saw numerous bike patrols along Eagle Beach and Palm Beach areas (lo and hi rise).
    Often in the parking lot for the Renaissance Ocean Suites, we saw at least 2 police (not parking lot security ).

    When out at night, especially on 1-A and B, we saw nightly police apprehending speeders or whatever

    Aside from upgraded police patrols.....we noticed much infrastructure improvements!
    (Road repair for example)

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    We saw that to Andrea! Just got back last night

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    While in Aruba in May, we noticed a higher presence of Aruba police patrolling, on foot, bikes and motor vehicles.
    We saw numerous bike patrols along Eagle Beach and Palm Beach areas (lo and hi rise).
    Often in the parking lot for the Renaissance Ocean Suites, we saw at least 2 police (not parking lot security ).

    When out at night, especially on 1-A and B, we saw nightly police apprehending speeders or whatever

    Aside from upgraded police patrols.....we noticed much infrastructure improvements!
    (Road repair for example)
    Great to know about the higher presence of police. As for improvements I wish there was better street lighting. It's very hard to see driving on the dark roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbatjc View Post
    We saw that to Andrea! Just got back last night
    Welcome home. Now we want a trip report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz - Aruba Lover View Post
    Welcome home. Now we want a trip report.
    Ditto on the trip report!

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    Having just made our first extended visit in early June I have nothing to compare with, however there was a noticeable police presence both in the high rise area and downtown with frequent patrols passing through the low rise area.

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    Beach ATV patrol is now 4 officers whereas it used to be 2, but folks are still complaining about the crime.

    We saw a couple being offered marijuana near our hotel. They made it obvious they were in no way interested. Pretty normal nowadays I suppose?

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    Definitely!!! I noticed an increase in "security" in general. ATV on beach, but only once in a while did I see that. It seems the hotels have increased security people, especially along the walkway from the Holiday Inn going south toward Riu. I didn't see as much security at the Marriott or Ritz. I was stopped once trying to get to the Occidental gift shop, which is on the pool level outside. A security guy asked if I was a guest as I had no wristband identifying me as such. I simply said I wanted to go to the gift shop. He was very hesitant and finally let me pass when I said I was going to spend money at the property. The Hyatt personnel did not question me, nor did the Playa Linda. I usually walk through the properties on my morning walk and they always said good morning. I also had no issues wandering through the Radisson looking at the birds and getting a drink at the outside bar.

    I hope there isn't an increase in crime. One of my reasons for choosing Aruba year after year is the safety factor. I guess it's a good idea having security, but I did not like seeing them all the time. It made me feel like there are increasing problems.

    I believe that police patrol illegal behavior and security personnel patrol the people wandering in from other hotels to use their facilities? I really liked that in years past I could walk through other hotels and look around. Hey, I may want to stay there on my next trip. I have taken a 1 minute dip at different pools to cool off and continue on my way. Is that wrong?

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    I am at the Surf Club and there is a huge security presence here. I have not been on the beach much but probably saw 3 police cars since we arrived on Friday which is way more than normal.

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    We were on the island during Carnival and noticed the additional police presence, but attributed it to the event. Hopefully it is now in place for additional feeling of security for the tourism industry and not because of an increase in crime, although our car rental agency was very firm when they told us to leave nothing of value in plane site in the car, even if it was locked, as there had been an increased number of thefts to vehicles while unattended, breaking windows to gain entry. Even though this was our sixth trip to the island, it was the first time that we had been warned so sternly.

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