Semana Santa and the Christmas season usually show an increase n home burglaries because many metro area dwellers head for the beaches or mountains. The crimes frequently are not discovered until the vacationers return.
By the time the homeowner reports the crime the stolen merchandise is well on its way to the pawn show or the flea market.
There is an axiom in Costa Rica that the most modern digital television sets and the most elaborate sound systems can be found in the homes of the lower classes.
These residents can get the equipment cheap because the neighbor is a house burglar.
Security experts suggest whole house alarm systems or that a trusted friend stay in the home over these holidays.