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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    LOL - used to driving in Italy and Greece :-)
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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    Not sure that I agree. What is the "not worth the effort" comment based on? The police have stated that it is in fact one of their top 5 priorities - all crime against tourists, that is; lodging break-ins included (at least it was in 2016 when I corresponded with them) and the Tourism...
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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    A suggestion provided to me by a Delta security official in Kralendijk - NEVER stash your stuff once parked at a dive site. That is an open invitation to be spotted doing so and to become a target. He said that snorkelers seem to be particularly guilty in this regard (because they almost...
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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    I had no problems doing exactly that on Bali and Sulawesi. It was a breeze.
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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    Makes sense. But how about the far more damaging cases of airBnB break-ins .... cough up for more expensive gated lodging I suppose.
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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    Well, Kharon, thank you so much for your kind words. You obviously know me very well. Funny thing ... I cannot remember you at all. Nonetheless, instead of just taking your word for it, I hope you won't be offended if I ask you to follow my example and provide real evidence for what you write...
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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    The hard data are available (in Dutch) on the annual Bonnaire police statistics reports. Sources for these have been provided on various occasions. Here is an earlier example: https://zoek.officielebekendmakingen.nl/blg-184420.pdf On page 12 you can check 'diefstal uit motorvoertuigen' - theft...
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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    Indeed, but Bonaire seems to be the only dive destination where you wish that AirBNB and other booking companies had a filter item to exclude all but 5* safety secured lodging. The final feedback that I received from the Bonaire police was (translated from Dutch) that "We are already in full...
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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    Latest News on Attempts to get Bonaire Police and Local Government response to Tourist Concerns Received a reply from the acting head of the Korpspolitie Caribisch Nederland (KPCN) [Bonaire 'police'] in response to a prod from his 'boss' in Holland, inviting dialogue on the topic of my...
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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    Latest News on communications to Bonaire authorities: As a result of the lack of response from Bonaire authorities and their police, I went to their boss, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice in The Hague (Netherlands). Here is the (translated) reply: Dear Sir, I can imagine your...
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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    Thanks for recognising that facts and photos are more telling than hand-waving and name-calling. I have been to the Red Sea three times, Scubadada. I applaud your choice - for the reason shown in the photos below. Both are average (common) snorkelling photos; One was taken at Andrea 1 in...
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    Recommendations For Best Shore Snorkeling

    We have snorkelled the Caribbean (G. Cayman; Yucatan/Cozumel; Bonaire; Aruba; Curaçao; Keys), Red Sea, East Africa, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. There is one hands-down winner ... Indonesia, specifically north-west Sulwesi (Bunaken and Siladen islands). They will tick all of your boxes...
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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    Dusty, where did I state that Bonaire sucks? I said its snorkelling sucks. Can you tell the difference? I said that the police and local administration's attitude to tourists suck. Can you tell the difference? Apparently not. And you too seem not to like hard facts with verifiable source...
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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    And why, Jim, do you think that Bonaire is not on that list of countries? Hint: 'mmmbelows' knows more about Bonaire than you do, and he kindly provided you with the correct information.. And in response you called him a troll. Not very nice against someone who is trying to educate you about...
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    Bonaire Crime - Our experience - Looking for input to share

    Many other contributors to this thread have suggested that Bonaire is much safer than the U.S. Interesting that you feel differently
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