We routinely hear “I want to take the free DR Escapes North Coast Discovery Tour and I want to find out if I should retire or move my family offshore. But FIRST, is the Dominican Republic safe?”
I can’t tell you how often we get asked this question by people that are considering a visit down to the DR to investigate a possible relocation or 2nd home. Just looking at what is happening around the world these days and you have to put that question in perspective.
My response about living on the North Coast of the DR is that it is as safe as anywhere else you may consider and a good bit safer than much of the rest of the world. Sure there is some petty crime and even the occasional violent crime on the North Coast of the DR that we hate to see but know we will. It is just the nature of society today worldwide.
But I have to turn that question around a little to put it in perspective. Is Charlotte, NC safe? Is Atlanta, GA safe? Is Washington DC safe? Is Orlando, FL safe? Is London UK safe? Is Paris FR safe? Unfortunately in today’s world the term “safe” is relative. These cities in America and these European capitals are relatively safe, compared to other urban jungles, but still they have their own safety challenges. Take for example Charlotte NC. A very safe community in the US that is right in the middle of the current trend of street protests and riots that are springing up in cities and towns all across the US anytime a black is killed by a police officer.
The facts do not matter to the protesters. The police shooting might be totally justified and life saving… yet the protesters will hit the streets in an attempt to cause chaos…..
Disenfranchised people cause trouble, increase crime rates and get violent.
Rush Limbaugh put it very well on his radio show…”It’s a sad observation, folks. I’m telling you, a sad, sad observation but it’s an observation that I don’t think I’m alone in making. It seems like rioting is almost expected now when there is a cop shooting. A cop shooting, period. Don’t care about the details. It seems like it’s now axiomatic that there’s going to be rioting or massive public protests or threats of rioting or threats of unrest every time the cops have to draw their weapons. Without a doubt, police brutality in the United States is out of control, and this is something that I have been writing about for a very long time. But rioting, looting and violence are not going to solve anything. We desperately need to learn how to love one another, and we desperately need to come together as a nation to work on finding some solutions. Instead, America is becoming increasingly divided, and anger and frustration are rising to unprecedented levels. And if we are witnessing this much chaos now, while things are still relatively stable, what are things going to look like once economic conditions get really bad? Our society is literally coming apart at the seams, and the chaos and the violence are going to get much worse than this.”
Did you catch that….. “Our society is literally coming apart at the seams”
Why? Do you really think things are better back home?
Keep in mind that this level of unrest is occurring when things are relatively “good” in the US. Prosperity is still in full gear. Can you imagine what we can expect when the major population centers experience the next major financial collapse and things get tough?
This kind of thing makes our little “Mayberry-style” hamlet seem pretty safe. Exactly the kind of place we wanted to retire to, before hard times hit the States and Europe.