November 15th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The authorities of the Ministry of Public Security (MSP) and the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) are reminding the public to be extra vigilant against crime in December, a month when the incidence of muggings, home burglaries and car thefts tend to increase.
In the case of vehicle theft, Security Minister Mario Zamora told reporters that residents should be especially cautious in places like Alajuela and Santa Barbara, Barva, and downtown areas of Heredia, where the incidence of vehicle theft is highest in the country.
Burglaries also tend to increase in December, as homeowners leave the Central Valley to vacation on the coasts. Zamora added that cooperation between neighbors to watch over neighborhood homes is vital in preventing burglaries.
Zamora added that Friday nights and the weekends tend to see more incidents of home burglaries and vehicle thefts.
December is also the month when Costa Rican workers receive their annual bonus pay, known as “Aguinaldo,” and muggings, especially near banks and ATMs, tend to increase.