Crime On The Rise

Costa Rica is a relatively safe place to live. Costa Rica’s overall crime rate (11 crimes per 1000 people) is less then that of the U.S. (80/1000) or the U.K. (85/1000). But, crime has recently been on the rise in our little corner of the world.
crime on the riseAs some of you may be aware our family was victimized by crime three times in the first 10 days of May. And, this is after not having any problems in the first eight months of living here. This has cost us more time and anguish then anything else.
In the past five days three families from our school have been targeted by crime – a gunpoint mugging, a home invasion robbery, and an attempted (but failed) drive by purse snatching. This is nearly as many crimes as the students of our school experienced all last semester.
Crime rates are still low on a comparative basis; in 2007 the Costa Rican murder rate was 6.6 per 100,000, the lowest in Central America. However, violent crime is rising more rapidly, with the government stating in early 2008 that robbery rates have risen by 700 per cent since 1990, while drug-related crime is up 280 per cent in the same period.
We know that all is in God’s hands and we hold great comfort in that. We ask you to pray that we are safe and secure in our last four weeks here in Costa Rica and that our safety continues on into Honduras.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” – James 1:2-5