Other side of San Jose

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We are back in the city as a way station on our way to our next destination. I’ve written some earlier posts on acts of kindness I’ve witnessed in San Jose, Costa Rica. Here are some observations that are not as kind and are worrisome.

Many of the homes and businesses have bars on the windows and doors, and razor barbed wire on the fences. That begs the question about theft here. There are also many policemen on the corners and security guards at business entrances. Today I saw my first policeman holding a rifle on the street. There are tourist police everywhere. I have to say I’ve not seen any rowdiness or public drunks on this trip.

I’m wondering if some of this extra security is due to the 2013 Central American Games happening right now or if it is always like this? Locals, your thoughts on crime and police presence?

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