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Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
People from Volcán and Cerro Punta, in Chiriquí, are very sensitive and friendly to visitors or expats.  They all take good care and watch out for them, in any way they can, including safety and general needs.  They guide expats on the things they should avoid to make their area a safer place to live.  The Security Ministry is making great efforts to offer all residents a good quality and safe day-to-day living.  I don´t think there are statistics for crime in the area, but local residents are the best to describe this issue.  Being  such a beautiful and peaceful place brings any criminal event into a minimal expression.
James David Audlin of Editores Volcán Barú – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Of course the crime rate in the Volcán and Cerro Punta region is not zero. There is nowhere in the world free from crime except parts of Antarctica and in the middles of the oceans, as long as no ships are there. That said, the crime rate in this region is very low. Serious crimes are unusual enough that they are talked about in the community for months and even years after. A universally loved (by both Panamanians and her fellow gringos) lady from the United States was tragically murdered a few months ago, for instance. The crime is still unsolved by the local Keystone Kops, and all sorts of theories abound; I am willing to bet someone somewhere seriously thinks Elvis came in a flying saucer to do the poor lady in. And there is nothing to suggest she did anything to attract such a horrible death, such as (as some gringos do) living in an ostentatiously opulent manner that attracts the wrong element. This was, as I said, a tragedy, but what I wish to emphasize is that it could happen anywhere in the States, but here it is extremely unusual to the point of being pretty much unheard-of.

While the crime rate in the cities (such as Panamá City, Davíd, and especially Colón), especially in certain neighborhoods, is more or less that of similar and typical cities in the States, up here in the countryside even petty crime is quite rare. As long as you are sensible, live reasonably quietly, and take proper precautions, you have nothing to worry about.

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