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We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered...

"Depends on what you call a lot. I don't think my neighborhood has much, I live in Rohrmoser. But I have friends in some areas with a lot of crime. For the most part, San Jose's better neighborhoods are safe. Last year was a very violent year for crime, however, with a spike in the murder rate. But I stay away from those areas," explained one expat living in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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"Costa Rica has a lot of petty crime so be careful. I even lost money in an ATM that was hacked but most are totally safe," said another expat in Santa Ana, Costa Rica.

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