Center city crime cut by half, local chief says

Crime in the center of San José has declined 50 percent, according to Marco Barrera, head of the Fuerza Pública that covers the area.

Transvestite prostitutes have declined from 142 to 72, he said, as quoted by the Cámera Nacional de Turismo.

The tourism chamber said it is seeking to make the center of San José more attractive for tourists. Many tourists do not want to enter the city now, and even the U.S. Embassy has blacklisted the area for visiting State Department employees and diplomats.

The project is supported by the Hotel Aurola Holiday Inn, which is just north of Parque Morazán. This is an area where tourists must be cautious at night.

Barrera said that the police have fixed up some vehicles that were out of service and put 22 more police into the area.

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