How not to be a victim

Nicaragua is considered to be one of the safer countries in the Americas. Just the same, crime, typically petty crime, can happen. The best defense here, as in any country, is to take proper precautions. Most of this information will not be unique Nicaragua.

Let's build a list of Do's and Don'ts to prevent folks from falling prey to crime.

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solar lights

I brought down a solar powered motion activated light that I got on Amazon for maybe $25 - look for Fred Beam products. Very powerful light and it can be directed any where. Ladrones don't like light....

alwas use common sense

always use common sense , be aware of your surroundings, there is a theory on crime prevention is called '' crime prevention through enviromental designed' implement this in your house, always be ready fo any unexpected situation.

do a search

It's been beat to death on this site, although it might be nice to have it all in one place.

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human. The to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog" --Edward Hoagland

Last night

Just a little after I went to bed, I heard screaming from a house a short block away. After living in esteli for 4 years I am used to people screaming and making noise when I am trying to sleep, so I turned over and tried to go to sleep. My wife then told me that what the women was sreaming repeatedly was a nickname of her (my wife's) name. At this point she ran to the porton to yell back. I put on my pants and boots and gathered up my peashooter and flashlight and boot knife. Not much communication transpired, but eventually the women yelled that thieves had tried to break down the door and could we call the police. My wife called the police while I opened the porton and started to walk around to the other side of her house. This is complicated by the corruption of Esteli public works as the street and the empty lots in our neighborhood are a vast charco of mud, stagnant water, and insects. The woman also has an oversized German Shepard with a recent history of biting a shepard girl.

By this time my son-in law and step son joined me as we walked along the street shining the light into the bushed along the way. The police arrived fairly quickly, 4 officers on 2 motorcycles. One was armed with an AK, the others just had handguns. My wife told them where we were, they met us and we told the woman to call in her dog so the police could approach.

After checking out her house they returned and told my wife that in the future if I have a pistola I should fire 3 shots in the air. Burglars understand shots better than other forms of communication. (Note that this is the opposite of in the states where someone firing warning shots is likely to be sited under some protect-our-criminals statute)

Our dogs did not bark until the police came, which means that the burglars probably walked down the muchacha's street. the police had to come on our street because her street in not passable to vehicles.

Anyway, enough war stories:

1. My wife told the woman that in the future she should yell out the problem. If there is a thief, yell out "ladron". Among other things, I'm not a mind reader.

2. My 3 d cell led maglight was decent (and sadly much better than what the police had to work with) but next trip to the states I,m going to bring back a zillion-power floodlight so I can light up the house, the charco, and the bushes all at once.

3. For this type of night operation in a populated area a shotgun with buckshot is the only suitable weapon.

4. I need to provide my sun-in-law with a spear, which is a much better weapon than a machete, especially if someone is trying to come in a window or scale a fence.

5. We need to keep saldo in more than one cell phone at all times. This is a touchy subject with old tightwad because saldo tends to evaporate around here.

6. The police gave us the cell number of the local officer for this area, so now we need to put this in the memory of each cel, plus the regular police number.

7. My wife has been bugging me to have our gardener clean up the lot in front of us so thieves can't hide in the brush. I'm going to give him a bottle of insect repellent and tell him to have at it.

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human. The to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog" --Edward Hoagland

Good advice.

Maybe an outside light or two that you can turn on from inside the house.

that's on the list

but since we don't have power yet (3.5 years and counting) directly it hasn't been done. I'll have to wire up one with a switch so we can control the electricity use.

Currently I have an electric eye hooked up to 4 small led and compact fluorescent bulbs. We have a too-small wire threaded through the trees from a neighbor,s house 150 m away. Voltage drop is a real problem.

"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human. The to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog" --Edward Hoagland

on the list

Not sure how often you get back to the US, But I know here in Canada I just bought some solar floodlights, completely self contained, they light up really well, all for about $20.