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Increasing frequency of armed assaults on tourists raises risks for foreigners, despite Costa Rica’s reduced homicide rate

14 February 2019


On 11 February, an Argentine couple were victims of a robbery in the capital, San José, following a series of high-profile armed assaults on foreigners in Costa Rica’s tourist areas in the last six months.

Three female tourists were assaulted and killed in August and November, and armed robberies of foreign tourists took place in the Limón, Guanacaste, San José, and Puntarenas provinces in December and January. Statistics from the Judicial Investigation Organism (Organismo de Investigación Judicial: OIJ) showed that 121 crimes were reported by tourists per month across the country from January 2016–July 2018, with the majority in Puntarenas, while an estimated 200 assaults took place on tourists during 2018.

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