We take precautions as best we can to protect ourselves
and our possessions. We lock our doors and windows. We even
install steel bars but a simple car jack will render the bars useless.
All they do is slow down the burglary process. Some homeowners
concertina wire to fences to thwart people climbing over, but that
really looks like shit. Others homeowners add alarm systems but
unfortunately that doesn't do anything except make a lot of noise.
We hear alarms going off all the time and it doesn't even spark
curiosity. And as for the cops... there aren't any. In most
cases we are on our own. So what (WTF) are we supposed to do?
Once burglarized, homeowners become pissed off and
automatically assume all Ticos (especially the barefoot ones) are
ladrones (thieves). They become fearful and are determined to
never leave their house unoccupied. In other words they become
self-imposed prisoners in their own home. That's bullshit!
If there is any good news in all of this is that the ladrones are rarely
violent. They don't want to hurt you. They just want your
Here are a few tips we can do to help mitigate the
chances of us becoming burglary victims.
Don't set patterns in your daily schedule. In
other words, don't go shopping every Tuesday at 9am. Make your
Make your home look occupied, leave inside lights on
at night when you are gone
Leave a stereo or TV on and make sure it can be heard
from outside the house.
Always lock up. Put tight fitting steel or
wooded poles into all sliding doors and windows
Close drapes or blinds when you are away.
Never invite anyone into your home that is not a
close and trusted friend.
Tell your neighbors (who you trust) when you will be
gone and for how long. This must be a reciprocal relationship.
Don't kid yourself, these ladrones are smart and they are
organized. They have been watching you and know your movements.
They may even know more about you than your friends do so keep an eye
out. A friend just sent me something that completely freaked me
out; a chart that identifies the graphical codes the ladrones use to
identify potential burglary spots. Check around your property and
look to see if you have been marked. If you do, then try and call
the cops and let them know you have been identified as a potential
donator to a Tico Christmas.
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