Boquete, for a town this size, I think is safer than most towns of the same size in the US. There may be some property crimes, such as things being stolen when you leave them out overnight, which is mostly because of the disparity of income and in wealth between the expat population and the local population. You would not see or hear about a lot of violent crimes or crimes against a person here in Boquete.
The houses here in Boquete have bars on the windows, but that is because it is the Spanish way of building a house. Having bars on the windows is very common in houses in Latin America, Central America, and even in Spain. In addition to being decorative, the bars on the windows serve a purpose, too; they serve as a deterrent against break-ins and entry. Some bars on the windows are very fancy and have beautiful ironwork. The bars are actually also a part of the decor of the house. Just because you see bars on the windows here in Boquete does not mean that it is an unsafe area.
Boquete is not a huge place. It is one of the districts in Chiriquí, which is one of the provinces in Panama. It is not a dangerous place, because it is a small town so everybody knows everybody. Of course, we hear of some crimes here and there but that is something that can happen everywhere. If I would compare Boquete to Miami, Florida, where I have stayed for a few years, I would say that Boquete is a lot safer.
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