Riding in a vehicle is considerably safer than walking along a city street, but even then there are vulnerabilities.
Plenty of motorists have found that are at the mercy of crooks when they stop their vehicle to enter their secure garage or home driveway.
That is the time when armed men come from the shadows and take the vehicle. That happens even with electric doors.
This is not a new crime, although the frequency might be greater. Such cases have taken place for decades.
The latest victim is long-time Pozos de Santa Ana resident Christopher Morehead. He was confronted by a crook at his home Thursday about 8 p.m., said the Judicial Investigating Organization. He resisted and suffered a bullet wound to his left side, agents said.
Morehead, identified as a U.S. citizen, went to Hospital San Juan de Dios.
Typically stolen vehicles are dismantled for parts because this sidesteps the need to falsify paperwork.
Whether such a crime can be called a traditional bajonazo requires splitting linguistic hairs. A bajonazo usually takes place when a motorist stops at a traffic light and a crook appears with a firearm. The word comes from the Spanish and means a low blow, either literally as in bullfighting or figuratively. In Costa Rica, the work also suggests that the crook made the individual get down out of the car (bajarse).