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  1. He's still building and I was going to have him build something for us. The guy was totally non-communicative and hard to deal with.I certainly cannot recommend him.
  2. Sounds like a good plan. Try to prevent it from jarring around too much as well, perhaps something cushiony on the bottom. Protecting the screen from puncture or scratches is one of the big things as I'm sure you know. Maybe a blanket against the screen, then the cardboard...
  3. I only know that the people I know who live in nice new homes, in sight from a public road are the ones who've been hit the most and hardest, of all the people I know in Costa Rica, which is quite a few. Again, I think that being off the main road, not visible from the main road, is more of an asset than a liability. I think that if one has to carry stuff over a fence, down a long driveway, and under threat of security cameras and a gun and/or a dog, there is less chance of being robbed. Time and circumstance will of course tell the tale. I also wanted to point out to marzrox above, t
  4. Marsrox, you aren't that far off from me re the security you are putting in place. It's just that you make it sound a lot more dangerous to live in Costa Rica than I think it really is, based on visiting there and having friends there for 25 years - Ticos and Gringos alike. You wrote: "Am I being unduly paranoid or hysterical?" and so I gave you my answer that I think you're a bit overstating the danger which I would call "a little paranoid". A "Club" type device on your steering wheel is well known to be a waste of time to any thief worth his salt. There is a very simple cheap and e
  5. Good points. Thanks. I still think that a home not visible from the main road and down a "lane" and over a fence is less susceptible to being broken into than one right off the main road that is visible. But time will tell who is right on this, or maybe just random chance is a main factor...
  6. Wow. That's a lot of words to say that you sound very scared to live in Costa Rica. May I ask what area you live in? Is it San Jose'? is it a bad neighborhood of San Jose'? I ask because it does sound like either you're kind of paranoid or else you have had some very bad experiences in Costa Rica with robbers etc. Honestly, I thought my security ideas were pretty extreme but yours make mine sound like nothing. If I had to live in fear like it seems like you do, I'd definitely move somewhere where I felt safer. Just sayin'. That said I really don't think MOST areas in Costa R
  7. It's interesting how many people have varying ideas on how to be secure from robbery in Costa Rica. I thought I had a pretty good plan but I see now that - even if I do go with my original plan? - I have some other ideas to consider. As with most things there is kind of 2 extremes of thought in this thread .... and the best way may well lie somewhere in the middle. Since I cannot own a gun for about 3 years or 4 years (after becoming a permanent resident) I will give up on that aspect of my security plan. I will stick with the "hidden closet" reinforced with rebar or other steel and t
  8. You make some very good points. I think my stragegy of having a hidden reinforced closet for my laptop etc is still not a bad idea. No one except a few will know it's there and if they try to get into it they will likely get caught spending so much time on it... not to mention getting videotaped by the camera I'll have pointed at it... ;-D Maybe the threatening signs are overkill. I would only do that I guess AFTER being robbed. I am guessing you've never been robbed, Eleanor? It makes a difference. I know people who've been robbed twice and it changes their whole approach and attitude.
  9. I was being somewhat fecetious re the arrow. But, someone running off with your stuff gets an non-lethal arrow in the back and you go to jail?
  10. Your point of view is something to think about. We actually won't have much but what we do have we don't want stolen. I know sometimes people break in just to steel sheets, towels, silverware, etc. We'd just rather not have anyone break in at all. The sign I would put would be near the door which in order to see, they'd have to already be planning to steal from us. I'm hoping it might make them change their mind. They'd have to drive down a private driveway, climb over a fence, walk 50 yards to just see my sign. Then they see the cameras, the lights coming on if at night, and realize they
  11. Wishing I were lying in a hammock on my porch in Costa Rica drinking a coffee and watching the clouds over the Gulf...

  12. Good info. We will not put security bars up over our regular windows unless or until (!) we do get broken into. I hate the idea of being behind security bars. I will put them up over the top jalousies but not over the picture windows. Our home will be un-seen from the road, several hundred feet in behind a locked gate... and we'll have security lights and cameras and alarms and a dog and a sign that says "WILL SHOOT ROBBERS!" in Spanish, and yes, guns. So, hopefully we will not be broken into!
  13. These jalousies are what I have seen being installed above picture windows and what we want - at least on a couple walls that face our view - are picture windows with the jalousies above them and along the entire width of the picture windows. This design allows you to keep the jalousies open virtually all the time to create ventilation as the overhang of the roof will keep rain from coming in, and the angle of the jalousies themselves also help this. Since they're high up and not tall no one could get in through them so you can leave them open all night as well. Are these jalousies - ones
  14. I looked at Concrepal and may use them. I looked at a couple houses built by them and they seemed okay to me. I mean, you get what you pay for but for a low budget home, they're not bad, especially if you are on a limited budget. It's cheap and quick and my friends who used them were happy with them. A lot of people say concrete is bad because it creates a home like a pizza oven. What I have learned is that by putting insulationi above the ceiling (foam, I think it is), you can keep the heat down, and then by having good cross-ventilation instead of NO Windows as the Ticos tend to do, and wi
  15. If Costa Rica is smart they'll listen to what Obama has to say and then let it go out the other ear and go on about their business. Apparently he is going down there to tell Costa Rica how to make things better for Costa Rica. How about making things better up here for Americans first? We have record unemployment and have had since he took office (this was started by Bush's policies but Obama and the Dim Congress did nothing to help and certainly the Repug Congress did nothing - in fact they do what they can to make it worse, it seems). We have record poverty, with more childre
  16. Jim, again I know what you mean. I am kind of like a progressive who is addicted to political struggle, but more and more I realize that there is no hope of changing anything. I was heavily iinvolved in a national (USA) movement and after months and months of 12 hour days of volunteering my time and efforts, it accomplished exactly zilch. So I keep saying to myself, "Why bother?" but somehow I keep bothering (though not nearly to the degree I used to). Actually that was the 2nd time in my life I learned that big lesson that the powers that be pretty much have the game locked and you "can't
  17. Jim, I can see your point. I also am tired of all these negative things that are going on in the USA and the world and often feel that it's a waste of time to point them out to people or talk about them or waste even one moment thinking about them. But then there is part of me that still wants to wake people up from their slumbering ignorance. Many people have not a clue as to what is going on, and it's those I most feel the need to wake up. Will it do any good to wake them up? Perhaps not. But sometiimes I still feel compelled to try. Soon I may join you in just letting it all go to
  18. Back to income inequality, people need to look at this in the USA and realize that the middle class is being systematically wiped out: (control-click to open in a new tab): http://tinyurl.com/middleclassarticle
  19. Mark you make a good point: OVER REACTION describes the situation well I think. No doubt Costa Ricans drive very badly in general, especially taxistas. The taxistas drive like MANIACS. I can't tell you how many times a taxi driver has scared me with his crazy moves in traffic. THOSE guys should get tickets! The point that before, the fines were too low to discourage bad driving, is well taken. Now it's swung the other way. I'd like to see it back towards the middle a little further. In general I think the laws are mostly reasonable now (though a couple are still much too high in my opi
  20. No, I didn't miss the point at all. I know that the fines are meant to discourage bad driving. The thing is, in my opinion the fines are (were) completely out of line with the ability of the average Costa Rican who makes a MISTAKE to pay for them. Apparently the court agreed with me, and for what it's worth a Tico Times poll showed that 52% (vs. 46%) agree with me that the fines are STILL too high. Fines should not force Ticos to have to take out a loan to pay them. Since the fines are in some cases one month's salary for Ticos, that is exactly what is happening and I was told that an entire
  21. eleanorcr I don't speak harshly to you, and would appreciate it if you don't speak harshly to me. I even thanked you for setting me straight re the fines no longer being in effect. I merely thought someone might know what the current fines are, or might have a link bookmarked or something. This is a forum after all. In any case you are welcome to ignore my request for info. God forbid someone on a forum ask a forum member for info. Being that I was just in Costa Rica and since that sign was posted in the car rental place I had every reason to believe the fines were still in effect. I don't
  22. Hi, and thank you for that information. What I had heard was that the court was considering striking them down, but I hadn't heard it had happened yet. So what are the fines currently? Where would I find that out? I think they have to strike a balance between a fine that punishes sufficiently and a fine that is too light to do any good. I know here in the USA many fines are way out of line, even parking meter fines are way out of line. But of course here in the big city I live in the parking fines are given not by the police but by a corporation who is contracted by the city so it's all a m
  23. salish, I agree with you that the USA has to invest in education and infrastructure. I fear that this will not happen because the people are no longer a priority of the US government, the government's priorities are their corporate masters, those who pay for their elections and re-elections. This relates to Costa Rica I think because I see Costa Rica following the footsteps and lead of the USA. I see now they have more traffic cops and high traffic fines to make $, I see they have more banking bureaucracy as required by the bankster masters, I see they are following in the (unwise) footste
  24. The USA is increasingly becoming a 2nd or 3rd world nation in many ways now that corporations control our government and NAFTA, CAFTA et al have had their effects. Here is a recent article showing that the USA is right down there below Costa Rica and Mexico in terms of income inequality, which is one of the markers indicating a 3rd world nation (high income inequality). The article points out (accurately I think) that the USA is going to continually slide down the chart in this area. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/27/us-income-inequality-wors_n_2561123.html?show_comment_id=23445
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