San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Police Note Drop In Crime Against Tourists

Public Security Ministry officials said crimes against foreigners have dropped 30% in San José.

A press release states police reports filed by foreigners dropped from 169 in January to 119 in February in San José, which has the highest incidence of crime against foreigners.

Reported petty thefts were down from 78 to 45, while assaults were down from 43 to 36.

Many victims, however, do not file reports because of disillusionment with law enforcement. Police statistics coordinator Mario Solano estimates 13% should be added to crime numbers.


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