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Nosara Security Association Stopping Cars

By Arianna McKinney

Stepping up efforts to promote security during high season, members of the Nosara Safety and Security Association are conducting neighborhood watch foot patrols and conducting security road stops. 

“With the high season in full gear and vacation rental houses filling up there is usually an increase in thefts and break-ins. Since the Tourist Police and Fuerza Publica have limited resources we have decided to take action,” explained Steve Reyer, president of the Safety and Security Association. 
The road stops have a dual purpose: passing out flyers with safety and crime prevention tips, as well as making the security association’s presence known to potential thieves.
Diego Fajardo Vasquez of the tourist police in Guiones remarked that the association is collaborating a lot with the police, asking for information when they see someone suspicious. However he affirmed that only the police are authorized to request the person’s identification.

Andres Gonzalez, vice president of the Safety and Security Association, said they hope to have the police with them in future road stops so that identification can also be requested.  At the moment, however, he confirmed that they are writing down license plate numbers and taking photos of vehicles to discourage potential thieves from staying in the area.

During their first road stop, they stopped 30 to 40 vehicles.  Gonzalez said most reacted well to the effort; however he noted that some were uncomfortable when being stopped.

In addition, the association is organizing neighborhood watch foot patrols in Pelada, in sections G and K.  “We have done several so far with positive results,” Reyer informed.  “We work with the Tourist Police if we see anything happening that needs their attention. Last week in Pelada we saw flashlights inside a house and thought it was being robbed. We called the Tourist Police and in 5 minutes they were there to assist. It turned out it was a false alarm, but it was a good trial run.”

The safety and security association is looking for more volunteers.  If you are interested in helping, contact [email protected].


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