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Costa Rica registers decrease in homicides for second straight year
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Costa Rica registers decrease in homicides for second straight year

Alejandro Zúñiga - January 3, 2020

For the second time in a row, Costa Rica closed a calendar year with a decrease in the number of homicides. The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) recorded…

U.S. Embassy safety tips for international tourists and residents in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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U.S. Embassy safety tips for international tourists and residents in Costa Rica

The Tico Times - December 17, 2019

The U.S. Department of State classifies Costa Rica among its safest international destinations (Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions).  However, the State Department says visitors and residents should…

Cat’s out of the bag: Feline evades eight prison guards
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Cat’s out of the bag: Feline evades eight prison guards

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 23, 2019

At The Tico Times, we don't usually report on everyday crime, but this story is too purr-fect to ignore. According to the daily La Nación, eight prison guards…

Costa Rican priest wanted for child abuse is arrested in Mexico
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rican priest wanted for child abuse is arrested in Mexico

AFP and The Tico Times - August 20, 2019

Costa Rican ex-priest Mauricio Víquez, accused of sexual abuse of minors, was arrested in Mexico in an operation coordinated by the two countries, official sources from Costa…

Suspect in Carla Stefaniak’s death charged with second-degree murder
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Suspect in Carla Stefaniak’s death charged with second-degree murder

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 31, 2019

Last November, United States tourist Carla Stefaniak was found dead near the San Antonio de Escazú apartment she had rented through Airbnb. Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Police…

OIJ investigates bomb that damaged Teletica building
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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OIJ investigates bomb that damaged Teletica building

Luis Fernando Cascante / Semanario Universidad - July 29, 2019

A device that exploded Saturday at 11:30 p.m. and damaged a window of the Teletica ​​building was a fire extinguisher tube that could be activated remotely and…

Costa Rica announces drop in murders, increase in gun seizures
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica announces drop in murders, increase in gun seizures

AFP - May 24, 2019

Costa Rica announced on Thursday a reduction in murders and an increase in the confiscation of illegal weapons as it put into force a law that tightens…

What happened to Carla Stefaniak? Few new details in case
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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What happened to Carla Stefaniak? Few new details in case

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 29, 2019

Carla Stefaniak was visiting Costa Rica from the United States last November when she went missing. In a case that quickly garnered international attention, authorities soon found…

Police officers suspected of robbing tourists under investigation by OIJ, MSP
Corruption
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Corruption
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Police officers suspected of robbing tourists under investigation by OIJ, MSP

Alejandro Zúñiga - March 13, 2019

Two National Police officers who are suspected of robbing foreigners in Jacó remain under investigation by Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry (MSP) and Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).…

‘Megaoperativo’ catches duo who robbed tourists at Playa Hermosa
Crime
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Crime
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‘Megaoperativo’ catches duo who robbed tourists at Playa Hermosa

Alejandro Zúñiga - January 13, 2019

Two individuals suspected of robbing tourists at Playa Hermosa de Uvita, Puntarenas, were arrested Saturday as part of a "megaoperativo" conducted by Costa Rican police. According to…