Wednesday 16 June 2021

Rural Costa Rica In Midst of Crime Wave

Although statistics from the Ministry of Public Safety (initials MSP in Spanish) indicate that overall crime is down in Costa Rica, many rural and farming communities are seeing criminal elements getting comfortable in their quiet towns.

This is particularly true in the province of Alajuela, where the northern cantons of San Carlos and Los Chiles join the municipality of Ciudad Quesada in their woes concerning the growing criminality.

Three recent reports by Radio Santa Clara underscore the sad situation currently experienced by these once idyllic towns, which are very important to the agricultural economy of Costa Rica:

- Advertisement -

Armed Home Invasion of Municipal Leader

The wife and daughter of the director of the Municipality of San Carlos were held up by four masked and armed men this past week. The home invasion occurred around 7:00 p.m., when the spouse of Carlos Villalobos Vargas was making coffee and her 12-year old daughter was sitting in front of a computer. Two men overpowered the woman and her daughter, tying up their wrists and ankles while two others searched the property.

The ordeal lasted 12 minutes, and the men took about $400 in coins from piggy banks and two cell phones. They fled in a motor vehicle.

Break-Ins in Los Chiles

- Advertisement -

This northern canton, which is home to pristine nature preserves and farmlands, has seen its share of recent break-ins. At the El Parque community school, unknown perpetrators stole all the food from the cafeteria, a loss of about $1,000. Near the Hernandez River, burglars were surprised by passerby and fled a home, leaving behind a large knife. In the community of Pavon, robbers relieved a family from their cash and jewelry. All these incidents took place last week, and in some cases the victims did not contact law enforcement because they don’t think anything can be done to prevent criminality in Costa Rica.

Multiple Crimes in Ciudad Quesada

Law enforcement investigators believe that at least two criminal crews are operating in and around Ciudad Quesada. These groups began their nefarious activities back in June with a string of small-time thefts, but by August they became emboldened.

At the Kolbi Wireless store located in front of the San Carlos hospital, robbers recently walked away with 35 mobile phones and cash. A week later, a computer store was relieved of its inventory -a loss of about $22,000. In addition to these major crimes, many high school students have been targeted by thieves for their cell phones. Pickpockets and other flagrant street criminals are increasingly on the prowl, and residents are complaining that a greater police presence and foot patrols are desperately needed.

Article by Costa Rica Star

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Carter Maddoxhttp://cjmaddox.com
Carter is self-described as thirty-three-and-a-half years old and his thirty-three-and-a-half years birthday is always on March 3. Carter characteristically avoids pronouns, referring to himself in the third person (e.g. "Carter has a question" rather than, "I have a question"). One day [in 1984], Carter, raised himself up and from that day forward we could all read what Carter writes.

Related Articles

[BLOG] Costa Rican Electric Company – General Maintenance Procedures

During my fifteen plus years of living in Costa Rica, I...

Heliport, Money and Weapons in Costa Rica

Following reports by residents of Las Asturias de Pococí about flyovers...

MOST READ

Should the vaccination against covid-19 be opened?

QCOSTARICA - Six months after the start of vaccination against covid-19, will it be time to open the campaign to those who want to...

College of Physicians negotiates donation of a million and a half vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - This week there could be very good news for the country in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic if the College of...

Diseases, weather and low prices hit the orange sector in Costa Rica

HQ - The appearance of pests and diseases, in particular the 'dragón amarillo' (yellow dragon), the impact of the weather and a sharp drop...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction: June 13, “EVENS”

Today, Sunday, June 13, only EVENS can circulate. The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save for those under the...

New Television Program To Promote Family Fun

Q ENTERTAINMENT - Attention families of Costa Rica! A new contest program, led by Douglas Sánchez and Verónica González, is looking for participants who...

Carlos Alvarado describes calls reprehensible the persecution of Ortega against opponents in Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, described the persecution of Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega against opponents as reprehensible after the government...

Costa Rica will have a system to reduce marine pollution

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will have a system called "Interceptor" that will eliminate floating and suspended waste from the upper layer of its waters,...

Vaccine Tourism – A Practical Guide

By Amy Gdala, Guest Contributor - The US has a surplus of vaccines, while Costa Rica is struggling to supply sufficient numbers to citizens...

Your cell phone can now notify you if you had contact with a positive case of covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Fifteen months after the national emergency against covid-19 was declared, Costa Ricans will have a digital platform where you can be notified...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.