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Knife Assaults account for 15 percent of homicides in Costa Rica

Unfortunately, crime is increasing in Costa Rica and tourists are frequent victims.  While petty theft is the main problem, armed robberies have been known...

Is Costa Rica dangerous for expat retirees?— Putting crime into the proper perspective

I am repeatedly asked  by people thinking of relocating here if there is a lot of crime. I have lived in Costa Rica for over 40...

In 2020, assaults decreased and fraud increased in Costa Rica

Costa Rica projects to close the year with 80,000 criminal complaints, a lower number than that registered in 2019, which accounted for more than 100,000.

Former U.S. convict Dan Fowlie speaks out against being barred entry to Costa Rica again

The former 'King of Pavones' has been denied entry into Costa Rica again, complicating his quest to regain all the beachfront property that was once his in the idyllic hamlet in the country's southwest corner.

Locals in Manuel Antonio prevent robbery of U.S. tourist with citizen’s arrest

An attempted robbery on a U.S. tourist ended with townspeople of Manuel Antonio, Quepos surrounding the would-be thieves in a citizen's arrest.

Michigan fugitive John Saatio to be extradited Saturday

Costa Rican authorities said they wanted to extradite Saatio "as soon as possible" to prevent any further attempts at escape.

Robbery could have been motive behind killing of three foreigners in December

Robbery may have been the motive behind the killing of Dutch expat Johannes “Hans” Snelders, his wife Sita Dhawtal and an employee at the couple's farm in Sardinal, Puntarenas, investigators say.

US man killed in Costa Rica was target of real estate scam; 4 arrested

According to police, the four suspects – two men and two women – learned that the victim, Brian Lynn Hogue, had several properties in Paquera, Puntarenas, listed under an anonymous corporation and allegedly conspired to commit identity fraud to gain control of the corporation.

Love triangle turned deadly in case of slain US-Costa Rica family

The only child left unharmed in the brutal rampage was a 7-month-old infant that locals say was the child of Adrián Salmerón, the prime suspect in the weekend attack that left five dead and two injured.

Stabbing rampage leaves 5 members of US-Costa Rica family dead

Costa Rican authorities are investigating the grisly slaying of five members of the same family, including three children, who were discovered Tuesday morning inside their home in the northern Pacific community of Matapalo, in Guanacaste province. Two other minors were injured.

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