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    I feel awful for this couple. Things like this can scare you to death and ruin you vacation or they can remind you there is no perfect place in the world and just make smart decisions. I go to Israel each year, I have been going for years during some of the craziest times. I try my best to never put my guard down and be aware of my surroundings. Even in Aruba, (although no west bank) I carry myself in the same manner. Dark areas, suspicious people, flashing cash, leaving things out, assuming that everyone is happy you are on their island are all things that can get you in trouble.

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    I'm so sorry to hear this happened to you. While in reality we know it can happen anywhere, we just don't expect it to happen in Aruba. Hopefully, the resorts will step up their security.

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    I hate that this happened anywhere. Its sad and scary, and thank God no one was hurt. That goes without saying.

    The thing is, I still consider Aruba relatively safe. You rarely hear about violent crimes like robbery against tourists. Property crimes you do hear more often, things like the bag snatch that Gaby experienced. With social media, if violent crimes like this were on the rise, we would hear about it daily. I follow several Facebook pages, this site, and one other forum with thousands of other readers, posters, and frequent visitors. I can only hope that this is an isolated incident. We always think about where we will be walking, especially at night. I often ask about walking and lighting conditions on my posts. The little path next to the Hilton near the exit for Bugaloe is a dark one - we don't walk that way, we walk through the grounds of the Hilton and out to the front to get to the Hard Rock area. Several occasions while staying at the Surf Club we took at taxi from as close as the Hard Rock because we had obviously been drinking and there were a couple areas we just didn't want to be a target since we had drank too much. Even that walkway in front of the Hyatt on the street side has a dark spot. Sometimes even when its in walking distance, we just felt more comfortable in a taxi. These are all things we consider precautions. Is it sad that we have to think that way, even in paradise? Of course it is. But let this serve as a reminder to all of us, bad people are out there, and we can make decisions to limit our risk, but you really just have to be aware of your surroundings in Aruba and everywhere.
    7 trips in and still finding things to love. #8 will be great in November!

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    Tracey, very true about that alley by Hyatt. We always park there & never felt safe. No more. I think there is a lot across from Hyatt that has free parking for casino guests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    I hate that this happened anywhere. Its sad and scary, and thank God no one was hurt. That goes without saying.

    The thing is, I still consider Aruba relatively safe. You rarely hear about violent crimes like robbery against tourists. Property crimes you do hear more often, things like the bag snatch that Gaby experienced. With social media, if violent crimes like this were on the rise, we would hear about it daily. I follow several Facebook pages, this site, and one other forum with thousands of other readers, posters, and frequent visitors. I can only hope that this is an isolated incident. We always think about where we will be walking, especially at night. I often ask about walking and lighting conditions on my posts. The little path next to the Hilton near the exit for Bugaloe is a dark one - we don't walk that way, we walk through the grounds of the Hilton and out to the front to get to the Hard Rock area. Several occasions while staying at the Surf Club we took at taxi from as close as the Hard Rock because we had obviously been drinking and there were a couple areas we just didn't want to be a target since we had drank too much. Even that walkway in front of the Hyatt on the street side has a dark spot. Sometimes even when its in walking distance, we just felt more comfortable in a taxi. These are all things we consider precautions. Is it sad that we have to think that way, even in paradise? Of course it is. But let this serve as a reminder to all of us, bad people are out there, and we can make decisions to limit our risk, but you really just have to be aware of your surroundings in Aruba and everywhere.
    One time I went to Bugalu alone for drinks and dinner on a slow night and I had second thoughts walking that dark block.

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    This is very disturbing. I am traveling to Aruba in October on a girls trip.
    I am thinking twice about walking around the side roads at night. We often walk down the side road behind the Surf Club to the Palm Beach Mall.
    I think we will take the car and park to be safe.

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    Jay, have you been able to confirm the incident with your friends at the Ritz? We all saw this as a posting on Facebook and ran with it. I can't imagine anyone would make up this type of story, but it is Facebook and you never know.
    7 trips in and still finding things to love. #8 will be great in November!

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    I sent a message to my best friend on the island but he works nights so I won't hear anything till tomorrow at the earliest. I am less upset now as I have had some time to process the situation but I may reconsider walking home with 2k in my pocket (here's hoping, lol) I would not typically walk around any city with 100k plus people at 3am so I am really not sure why I think its just fine in Aruba. I may have to rethink my 3am walks...but only time will tell.

    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Jay, have you been able to confirm the incident with your friends at the Ritz? We all saw this as a posting on Facebook and ran with it. I can't imagine anyone would make up this type of story, but it is Facebook and you never know.

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    http://www.awe24.com/20160718/25318/...i_Ritz_Carlton

    i do not have the translation yet.


    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Jay, have you been able to confirm the incident with your friends at the Ritz? We all saw this as a posting on Facebook and ran with it. I can't imagine anyone would make up this type of story, but it is Facebook and you never know.

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    loose translation:
    Basically, two tourist were walking on the beach and two young men in hoodies walked up with a revolver "looking gun" and stole their cell phone and cash. Kids spoke English.Police are actively searching for the perps.

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