Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
Regarding your article about U.S. expats leaving because of the terror possibilities there, I would like to say that in the entire history of my family and friends, no one that I know was the victim of a violent crime or home invasion robbery.
I visited the U.S. last month and, while gone, again, home invaders broke into my house with the intention of robbing me. My 20-year-old daughter was home, and when she heard the sound of the front door being kicked in, she screamed and ran for the neighbors for help.
The thieves fled and nothing was taken, but yet another reminder that Costa Rica is not safe and the police, judicial investigators and laws are not adequate to protect citizens.
The people we pay to guard the neighborhood, again, saw nothing, heard nothing and did nothing. In the 15 years that I have been in Costa Rica, I have been witness to more than 20 attacks and robberies committed against my family and friends compared to zero in the U.S. To me, those are striking statistics.