Those who wonder about retirement in Costa Rica and crime will be interested in the following response.
Last week I posted the article (“Costa Rica is the second most peaceful nation in Latin America – good news for future retirees”) at the foot of this page and a reader responded by saying Costa Rica wasn’t peaceful. Well, he is completely wrong. No country is crime free. When you compare Costa Rica’s crime rate to that of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and the U.S. you will realize that Costa Rica is still very peaceful. In Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador over fifty bus driver’s were shot and killed last year alone. Most of this violent crime is being perpetrated by over 70, 000 gang members who live in these three countries. Mexico which used to be a retirement haven for Americans, may just be the most violent country in the world. The rival drug cartels are at war with each other and the government at the same time. Beheading and mass killings are common place among these groups. It is only a matter of time before some innocent American retirees will get dragged into this mess.
I was watching the news the other day and in Miami two policeman were shot and killed in that city and on the same day. The there were the stories about the congresswoman who was shot along some innocent bystanders in Arizona.
Thank god we mostly have petty crime here. The OIJ which is Costa Rica’s equivalent of the F.B.I. stated in Costa Rica’s major Spanish newspaper, La Nación, on January 22, 2011 that the number of robberies, burglaries, car theft and homicides dropped between 2009 and 2010. Not a victory over the bad guys but a step in the right direction.
I think it is important that when criticizing Costa Rica’s crime problem that the whole situation should be put into the proper perspective like I have done above. It is important to make potential retirees and others aware that there is some crime, but unfair to distort things and ruin someone’s retirement dreams.