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    Puerto Rico Warning!!

    If you're planning a trip to PR, you better keep a very close eye on your stuff. Crime is rampant on the island now. I've been going to PR every year for 20 some years and have never seen it this bad. We just returned last week and our group of friends can report the following crimes: 1) $600 cash stolen out of purse sitting inside house while we were sitting on pool deck in yard having dinner, These guys are very brazen!! 2) Car broken into during the day on busy street and all electronics stolen, total haul $1500, 3) cell phone stolen, 4) camera stolen. All of these crimes occured at different times and different places. Bottom line is that theft has always been a problem in PR, but now it is on a new level. Watch your stuff, don't bring anything you're not willing to have stolen, don't leave anything in your car ever, lock your **** up where ever your stay and remember that these guys will enter your house while you are there!!!

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    where were you staying? Rincon? My car got busted into last year as well right in the parking lot at Marias. I think Rincon is a huge target. As well as driving a rental car, we had to worry every spot we surfed (wildo, surfers beach, bridges especially) just because our car screamed tourists.Stayed at Jobos Beach, felt like our place was safe, but we skated at night and did not feel to comfortable at some spots.

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    We had the window smashed on our rental car a couple years ago when we were there. The theives there target obvious tourists with rental cars because most people don't know any better and leave wallets and stuff in the car. Luckily we had absolutely nothing in our car so nothing was stolen. Sounds like you guys soy worked over a lot though man, sorry to hear that.

    It's sad that such a beautiful place like PR can be so dangerous...

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    I'm seriously looking at a trip to PR, but in the north central/east area around San Juan and Rio Grande.

    Every review I've read about any spot in PR, there's always a warning or a blurb about stuff getting stolen. Not worried about myself, but more about my wife and family getting harassed while sitting on the beach while I surf.

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    I went to PR in dec. and didnt have a problem. Not saying theft isnt there, it obviously is. But the more attention you bring to your self the bigger target you are, obviously. Take the proper precautions and always be aware of your surroundings. Dont leave anything in your car. period. Take a minimal amount of cash. Dont carry a lot of cash.

    I suspect that if your hotel room was broken into. The people running the hotel room, are in on it. just my two cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McLovin View Post
    I'm seriously looking at a trip to PR, but in the north central/east area around San Juan and Rio Grande.

    Every review I've read about any spot in PR, there's always a warning or a blurb about stuff getting stolen. Not worried about myself, but more about my wife and family getting harassed while sitting on the beach while I surf.
    my girlfriend and i stayed in Rio Grande last year when we went. its a really beautiful area with the rainforest there and some amazing views. theres a fun wave in Luquillo, only like 15 minutes from Rio Grande you should check out. if its flat go for a hike and see the waterfalls in the rainforest, that was probably the coolest part of our trip

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    Sounds like PR is just following in Mexico's footsteps... Mexico, the most surf rich coastline around is completely empty and has been for years now because of this. Revolution Avenue in TJ does not exsist anymore. Thats right, EVERYTHING, and I MEAN EVERYTHING is shut down there. No bars. No clubs. No surfers. No american girls. No frat boys. No nothing....


    All drug trade aside, when the economy tanked in the US it directly affects both MEX and PR. Although PR is an american territory, it still falls into the "third world country" category. And all the little third worlds who are directly influenced by the american economy both tourism and otherwise have fallen apart...

    It is because the once honest, hard working people who were happy surviving off 10-15$ in income per day, either dealing with tourism, working in shops etc...

    Now that tourism is down, spending is down, jobs are lost, the poor are hit harder than anything. So people with families and things like that are now resorting to becoming theives. Stealing. Commiting petty theft.... And lets all hope you dont meet a drug addict in PR, because they will rob you at knife point or worse...

    People all over the world have begun resorting to bottom of the barrel tactics to stay alive... And since one Ipod touch can feed a Puerto Rican Family of 4 for 2 weeks, I completely understand the spike in crime.

    No one is trying to kill you, but your simple luxuries are of so much value, that the majority of people there nowadays will at least consider jacking you as they see you walking away from your Enterprise rent-a car.

    So they break your window, and there is nothing there. Who cares. The possibility of finding a cell phone, or wallet is worth cracking every window at the beach to them...

    And I have a wife, and soon to have a baby, and its gonna take some serious restructuring in these third world hispanic countries before I am taking my family there again. I will be sticking to HI, EUR, AUS and places on my list that dont involve malaria, be-headings from drug cartels, or all my video equipment being stolen from my wife while she is filming me on the beach, and im in the lineup. I used to always have that fear down in MEx, even when it was safer. I would see a couple guys walking down the beach towards the wife and I would immediately take a wave in and be on the sand as they walked by. I wasnt worrying about them hurting her, but they would rob us blind for sure.

    Its a shame. But thats why you should take your family to NS, or HI of BC.... wear more rubber and have a safe adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    Sounds like PR is just following in Mexico's footsteps... Mexico, the most surf rich coastline around is completely empty and has been for years now because of this. Revolution Avenue in TJ does not exsist anymore. Thats right, EVERYTHING, and I MEAN EVERYTHING is shut down there. No bars. No clubs. No surfers. No american girls. No frat boys. No nothing....


    All drug trade aside, when the economy tanked in the US it directly affects both MEX and PR. Although PR is an american territory, it still falls into the "third world country" category. And all the little third worlds who are directly influenced by the american economy both tourism and otherwise have fallen apart...

    It is because the once honest, hard working people who were happy surviving off 10-15$ in income per day, either dealing with tourism, working in shops etc...

    Now that tourism is down, spending is down, jobs are lost, the poor are hit harder than anything. So people with families and things like that are now resorting to becoming theives. Stealing. Commiting petty theft.... And lets all hope you dont meet a drug addict in PR, because they will rob you at knife point or worse...

    People all over the world have begun resorting to bottom of the barrel tactics to stay alive... And since one Ipod touch can feed a Puerto Rican Family of 4 for 2 weeks, I completely understand the spike in crime.

    No one is trying to kill you, but your simple luxuries are of so much value, that the majority of people there nowadays will at least consider jacking you as they see you walking away from your Enterprise rent-a car.

    So they break your window, and there is nothing there. Who cares. The possibility of finding a cell phone, or wallet is worth cracking every window at the beach to them...

    And I have a wife, and soon to have a baby, and its gonna take some serious restructuring in these third world hispanic countries before I am taking my family there again. I will be sticking to HI, EUR, AUS and places on my list that dont involve malaria, be-headings from drug cartels, or all my video equipment being stolen from my wife while she is filming me on the beach, and im in the lineup. I used to always have that fear down in MEx, even when it was safer. I would see a couple guys walking down the beach towards the wife and I would immediately take a wave in and be on the sand as they walked by. I wasnt worrying about them hurting her, but they would rob us blind for sure.

    Its a shame. But thats why you should take your family to NS, or HI of BC.... wear more rubber and have a safe adventure.
    There have been 110 murders in PR in the month of January alone up dramatically from last year!! These are occuring in areas other than San Juan too. Yes, we were in Rincon. The car breakin occured in San Juan.

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    Thats why you dont leave anything in the car, leave the windows open and the doors unlocked. Then they don't have to break a window to see you have nothing there.

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    that is ashame you had that experience... I guess you have to be really cautious these days. Peoples cars get jacked into a lot, so never leave valuables in the car while surf.