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If your planning on traveling to a foreign country, visit the link for up to the minute crime satistics and murders against tourist in foreign countries; May 28, 2019 – The Canadian Government has issued a security warning for Canadian citizens wishing to visit Costa Rica, urging citizens to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting Costa Rica, especially for female visitors.
The reasons cited for this warning are:
Crime: The rate of drug-related violent crimes, including homicides is on the rise. Drug trafficking is common. Local drug use, including crack, is a major concern.
Violent Crime: Violent crime against foreigners, though not frequent, is a concern. Incidents of armed robberies, carjackings and home invasions have occurred in beach areas and in the Central Valley region, even in broad daylight.
Express Kidnapping: Cases of express kidnapping, where victims are picked up from the street and forced to withdraw funds from ATMs have occurred, sometimes at gunpoint.
Petty Crime: Including pickpocketing and bag snatching, occurs frequently. Tourists are common targets for theft.
Theft from vehicles: Theft from vehicles is very common, especially at hotels, supermarkets, restaurants, store lots, national parks and beaches.
Fraud: Credit card fraud is a growing problem.
Women’s Safety: Incidents of sexual assault against foreigners at beach resorts and by taxi drivers in San Jose have been reported. Women are advised to be very aware of their surroundings at all times.

SAN JOSȆ – Costa Rican authorities said Thursday 115 police officers were sacked or in the process of being sacked for suspected involvement in serious crimes such as robberies, murder, rape, assaults and kidnapping.

There is a kidnapping and extortion in Latin America every 30 minutes and even when the ranson is paid 70% percent of the victims are killed rather than being returned to their love ones. The Falcon Group is the only licensed and insured security company providing specialized services for travelers as tourist escorts with a specialty in anti-kidnapping and anti-extortion protection.The Falcon Group provides up-to the minute, hourly and daily. All verifiable information on criminal activities, satistics of murders, rapes, kidnappings and robberies committed against travelers in Costa Rica and all of Latin America.

" Studies have shown that terrorist and criminal elements are greatly discouraged from a hostile intent toward an individual or their family from a potential assailants and will search for another "soft" target, if you have a personal security close protection agent known as a bodyguard." There has also been an increase in the number of short term opportunistic kidnappings called express kidnappings in Latin America, sometimes the persons have been released unharmed and sometime the persons have been known to have been killed even after the ransom is paid. All of Latin America has seen an increase of kidnappings and assassination attempts in countries that once were known for their beauty and low crime rates. A person can be assassinated by a professional sicario for the small amount of $200.00 two hundred american dollars. The U.S. Department of Justice states, that Americans visiting or working in other countries are increasingly becoming targets of anti-U.S. attacks. Latin America is the most likely for anti-American attacks, with the Middle East following closely just behind. Criminals have shown since 2005 a greater tendency in Latin America to use violence especially against U.S. citizens and tourist. The ¨U.S. Department of State satistics¨ state gangs, muggings and armed robberies can occur even in the daylight on a busy street in Latin America. Attacks can happen during the day, late night, during arriving flights and even to and from the airport. You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim by hiring security services. Increase incidents of personal violence are plaguing the once peaceful nations of Central and South America. The attacks are sudden, violent, unpredictable and existing security firms and law enforcement agencies in Latin America, are inadequate and unprepared to deal with the new growing wave of violent organized crime.

The head of the Honduran armed forces has claimed that the most powerful Latin American gangs are expanding their reach and presence in Costa Rica. As of June 2018, 26 members of the most violent gang in the world. The MS18 have been captured in Costa Rica and deported back to El Salvador by imigration authorities. 

In a recent interview with Costa Rican news outlet Diario Extra, Francisco Álvarez Urbina said that the Honduran military's anti-crime efforts have driven some members of the Barrio 18 and MS 13 gangs into nearby countries like Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

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Homicides soaring again

A recent rash of violent crimes has plagued Costa Rica. Kidnappings in this usually tranquil paradise have shot up 500% in the past six months.

Theft, robberies, fraud, and crimes related to drug trafficking are a very serious threat to diplomats, expats and tourists from the United States who travel to Costa Rica. Such is the main warning found within the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) 2018 report for Costa Rica.

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According to the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), 47 people a month are being violently murdered. In the year 2015 there were 558 homicides, a record in Costa Rica. The year 2016 murders easily surpass the last year’s total with 577. In 2017 there was over 603 murders. The year 2018 will the deadlest yet with over 625 murders. Most of the deaths are drug, gang and tourist related, however, children have also become more vulnerable to homicide. Youtube: Costa Rica crime wave

The U.S. Department of State reported that the criminal threat rating for San José, Costa Rica is very High. While crimes occur throughout Costa Rica. They are more prevalent in certain locations, including popular tourist destinations. There has been a spike in the number of murders, rape, home burglaries and robberies in Costa Rica since the year 2012.  The majority of crime and safety threats to the U.S. citizens involve theft, rape and murder is very common in highly populated and tourist areas. Pickpocketing, mugging, purse snatching and theft are common occurrences. The biggest issues confronting tourists while visiting is passport theft since the year 2013, 990 lost or stolen U.S. passports were reported to U.S. Citizens Services at the Embassy. There are vehicle burglaries, smash-and-grabs and home robberies. Organized crime groups are of significant concern. Both nationals and third country nationals participate in organized crime, consisting of car theft rings, drug traffickers, petty thieves, burglars, rapes, murder for hire. Porous borders allow the country to be utilized to traffic drugs and other contraband. Sex tourism is on the rise in the tourist areas, specifically the coastal areas. Tourists who engage in or solicit prostitution exponentially increase their chances of being a victim of theft or violent robbery.  Violent crimes, like murders, robberies and sexual assaults, are  committed frequently against U.S. citizens. The U.S. Embassy in San José has received reports of a particularly higher number of violent assaults, robberies and rapes in the Limón Caribbean costal region (from Tortuguero through Limón to Puerto Viejo), often involving invasions of rental homes and eco lodges. Costa Rica is experiencing an increase of human smuggling. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The primary reasons for human trafficking is the illicit of organ harvesting (especially in Colombia) and being forced into prostitution. While driving in Costa Rica drivers will find a lack of street signs and names, making finding an address difficult even with a GPS. Transportation accidents are frequent, particularly in all of Costa Rica. Road rage drivers can be aggressive and take action against you and physically assault you causing serious injuries. Traffic laws and speed limits are often ignored, turn signals are rarely used, passing on dangerous stretches of highway is common and pedestrians are not given the right of way. The majority of casualties are motorcyclists. Motorcyclists commonly drive without respect to rules of the road, often passing on the right, weaving without warning and creating thier own lanes. The fatality rate for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists is high. Traffic police are not proactive and do not regularly monitor the roads; they mainly respond to traffic accidents and at times are open to corruption. If involved in an accident, the law requires that you leave the vehicle(s) in place until the insurance company and traffic police arrive. Which could take several hours. Criminals have targeted rental vehicles. Tourists should make an effort to store luggage and other personal items out of plain view and ensure that car doors are locked. Another tactic used by criminals is to puncture the tires of rental vehicles and follow the car until the driver pulls over. The criminals, under the guise of being a good Samaritans. Will stop to help change the tire and then rob and steal the tourist’s personal items. Only take offical taxi cabs clearly marked with the companies name and that is from reputable company usually (red, yellow or orange in color)

Costa Rica has a long tradition of stable democracy. It has not had a military since 1948. Local, Regional and International Terrorism Threats is a valid threat. Because drug cartels and local gangs are starting to operate freelly and without much deterrents from local law enforcement authorities. Who ranks are infiltrated by high levels of corruption and by criminal groups. There are several known indigenous terrorist organizations operating in Costa Rica from other Latin American countries. There is a  low threat level for international and transnational terrorism attacks in Costa Rica, but not impossible. Being alert at all times and having private security will prove a peace of mind on your next vacation and / or residing in Costa Rica. 

Not even Costa Rica could avoid the curse of 2016, as it marked the most violent year in the country’s history. Annual statistics confirm that Costa Rica continues to show alarming trends in violence against innocent persons, specifically when it comes to robberies, rapes, homicide and traffic mortality rates.

End-of-year statistics from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) show that the country set an unenviable record for murders in a single year, with homicides up 19 killings from last year’s previous record high

Among these figures were notable murders of international residents, including the shooting of U.S. citizen John Lonergan outside of a night club in Jacó last September, as well as the brutal slaying of 56-year-old U.S. businessman Dirk Beauchamp alongside four members of his family in Matapalo, Guanacaste in February.

Compiled with the latest census numbers, that leaves Costa Rica with a murder rate of 12 killings for every 100,000 people in the country. That rate has nearly doubled since 2002, though it still remains a far cry from neighbors in the Northern Triangle such as El Salvador (104 killings per 100,000 people) and Honduras (61 killings per 100,000 people), according to 2015 World Bank data.

Meanwhile, on Costa Rican roads, numbers from the Traffic Police show that there were 448 accident-related deaths in 2016. That is up a staggering 50 “on-site” fatalities from the previous record rate set in 2015. More than a quarter of those killed on the roads were between the ages of 21 t0 30.

A recent survey from Australia’s Global Positioning Specialists listed Costa Rican roadways as the fourth most dangerous in the world for drivers, taking into account the poor road conditions and high mortality rate.

In terms of both homicides and traffic deaths, the deadly trend has begun spilling into the new year, according to a OIJ report that listed nine people killed in traffic accidents or murders on Sunday alone.

Rising rates of violence have also led people to become increasingly worried about safety throughout the country, according to a University of Costa Rica School of Statistics report from December. The report showed that more than half of those polled consider Costa Rica’s level of insecurity to be either high or very high.

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