I've been researching a trip to Costa Rica and really loved a place I found not too far outside Santa Teresa. I was ready to book it when I ran across some articles about a woman who was assaulted and murdered there. Which of course led down a path of similar stories with tourists... and a lot of people sound like they were just going about their business, sometimes in broad daylight, or in their rental homes.
Now, I'm a pretty seasoned traveler and I also live in Washington, DC, which is a great city, but not exactly the top of anyone's safety list. There are places here that I avoid at night. That said, I know that even in the "safe" neighborhoods there's crime, and that's just the trade off for living in a city. I accept that trade off, because I love my city and the creative, energetic, and diverse culture that it has.
So part of me felt likethe risk is pretty on par with where I live - until I started seeing that some of these issues occurred even when people seemed to take all the right precautions. A lot of posts say that crime has gotten much worse in the past few years. I'm getting hesitant to book the place I fell in love with, because some people are recommending only to stay in places with security.
I feel like I've read all I can, but need help interpreting how bad the situation is/is not. Thanks y'all.