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vix

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#24 Mar 3, 2011
Hello.. I was a frequent traveler to Rosarito.. I actually was married at beautiful La Fonda in 2008. It was truly amazing... UNTIL my wedding party wanted to go to papa's and beer... where for the 1st time in my 20 yrs of going there, there were masked and heavily armed police in the back of at least ten trucks. this was alarming.. I had never encountered this.. 2 wks later my 21 yr old son went to TJ with 3 friends.. It was rainy cold weather, my son flipped 3 times down large ravine. one passenger had head trama and was taken to s filthy hospital and almost died of brain trama..after contact w parents had her airlifted the next day to SD hospital where they were told she would have not made it through the night. had 3 brain surgeries to save life.
my son, because it was an injury accident was taken to jail. we got a lawyer who said they needed 2o grand or he would be lost in the "system of jails" and we would never see him again. He had no rights at all. remember.. their country their laws.. we have our son back safe.... but it was close. no alcohol or drugs involved.. just bad weather and crooked greedy people who only wanted money. I used to love that place... NEVER again. it only cost 5 grand to a shady lawyer and a 72 hour hold with no charges filed. they let him out at 2 am.. no phone, no id, no way to call home... just your free.. he had the lawyers card.. so he called him from the jail. it was worth 5 grand to have him safe.
travel safely
laglenda

Moorpark, CA

#25 Mar 23, 2011
Hello Baja Ken,
I was reading your comments from last year, my questions is how is Rosarito now March 2011? Is it still safe to visi a weekend? I am planning a trip to Rosarito in July and I am not sure if it's safe enough to bring the kids :( Can you provide an update?
Car Jacker

Bellflower, CA

#26 Nov 24, 2011
Felipe Calderon wrote:
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That's because Los Angeles is the second largest Spanish speaking city in the world, behind Mexico City. Connect the dots, esse.
Sorry, ya talkn crock on that one, your first info was good but now you're giving everyone ideas that only Mexicanos historically do car jackings, that's stupid "ese" (one "s" only by the way). Come on, it's time to not be a vendido anymore, connect the dots.

Everybody else I'm from South Central, born out here and car jackings in L.A. are no higher than anywhere else, just don't be an idiot (in any city) and drive into areas you don't know. I go to Mexico all the time and never had one thing happen, just don't go to clubs you don't know and such at night. Just be smart and take your ugliest car with you. Easy, done...
Dave

San Diego, CA

#29 May 8, 2012
Hi Felipe, not from the area but heard poway is a small town. How would you compare the crime in a small town in the states?
Felipe Calderon wrote:
What an incredible crock of lies people are telling about Rosarito. The crime rate is astronomical, including crimes against Americans. This January, an American women had her car carjacked at gunpoint right on the main street of Rosarito and only two blocks from the Rosarito Hotel. A few weeks later, another American had his car jacked at gunpoint in a restaurant parking lot on the main street, Benito Juarez. Last week a woman had her car jacked at gunpoint while inside the OXXO in front of San Antonio Del Mar.
These people lying to you are involved in businesses in Rosarito. Read the US State Department travel warning on Mexico.
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/t...
It was just updated yesterday.
Maria Gonzales

Scottsdale, AZ

#30 Aug 30, 2012
Kamovi wrote:
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Hey, if you're complainig so much why don't you go back to Germany? If you have a "casita" in Ensenada then be proud of it and stop whinning. We have a worse reputation because of people like you who live in Baja and still criticize our way of living. A friend of mine (Rosarito resident) got her car stolen a month ago in San Diego and we are not crying about it. It happens everywhere!!!
. Probably by a Mexican.
Steve

San Diego, CA

#31 Jan 17, 2013
As a long time resident of Rosarito I'm most interested in the probability of me getting killed. Using average statistics countrywide is not very useful. Last year just over 100 US citizens were murdered in Mexico out of a universe of some 1,000,000 permanent and 5,000,000 temporary residents. With suicide in the US Military 4 times higher I would be more nervous with my kids being in the military than visiting me in Mexico. There are some 3,000 fatal car crashes in California each year. My advise is to come visit and see for yourself - but drive through California very carefully!
Baseball Kenn

Salt Lake City, UT

#32 Feb 20, 2013
My wife and I visited the Rosarito area this month, February 2013, to look at property to buy and live full-time in. We didn't see or encounter any crime while walking the lenght of Bento Juarez, downtown Rosarito. We stopped and talked with locals and asked them what they thouhght about "gringos" moving to the area and everyone of the said they appreciate Americanos living with them.

We didn't find Rosarito any different than any U.S. city as far as crime, cleanliness, and depressed neihborhoods. Whenever you visit a city you are not familiar with you need to learn the areas to avoid and it isn't any different there.

We chose the Rosarito area to move to because it is just too expensive to retire in a warm weather climate on the Pacific Coast. San Diego has always been our dream and we find Rosarito the next best thing. Close to San Diego but not the expensive rate race we subject ourselves to.

Yes, there are problems with cartels and gangs but even Salt Lake City has the same problems, even San Francisco, even Los Angeles, Monterey...you get the point. Be careful wherever you live.
Baja Ken

Tijuana, Mexico

#33 Feb 24, 2015
I don't know why, but recently received an email from TOPIX on this thread, so figured I would offer an update. First, for the record, I have no business interest of any kind in Rosarito. None.
Now after all these years of listening to comments on this subject, I opine that regular crime exists and we will never eliminate it. The media coverage relates to drug cartel violence... and it still remains that the typical tourist or retired person has not been victimized by this. Is there an occasional crime against residents, yes of course.
Also consider that one can be an "American" citizen whose last name is Gonzalez, or the like, and has more than a typical association with Mexico. Certainly more than the tourists and foreign residents I know. No one should be a victim, but if Sr. Gonzalez is visiting his Mexican relatives and someone in their party has some connection with anything illegal, I don't consider that a problem for me, or most of the tourists/foreigners I know who live here.
You simply can't deny that there are many thousands of foreign residents living in northern Baja... some say there are 14,000 in Rosarito... and we do so successfully, safely, and economically. We enjoy the wine and fine foods the region is known for, and are active in theater guilds, libraries, church and other social events on a regular, if not daily basis.
Living in a foreign country isn't for everyone. But if you've had your fill of Disneyland, feel free to come to Rosarito and give us a visit. Many are....
Richard

Heber, CA

#34 Thursday Jul 14
Felipe Calderon wrote:
What an incthhhhredible crock of lies people are telling about Rosarito. The crime rate is astronomical, including crimes against Americans. This January, an American women had her car carjacked at gunpoint right on the main street of Rosarito and only two blocks from the Rosarito Hotel. A few weeks later, another American had his car jacked at gunpoint in a restaurant parking lot on the main street, Benito Juarez. Last week a woman had her car jacked at gunpoint while inside the OXXO in front of San Antonio Del Mar.

These people lying to you are involved in businesses in Rosarito. Read the US State Department travel warning on Mexico.

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/t...

It was just updated yesterday.
Good afternoon I would like to ask a question. I was in Rosarito on Sunday and was parked close to Las Olas condos prior to getting into Rosarito there were many cars that were broken into between three and five p.m. does anyone know if the houses that are close to the entrance into Las Olas condos are associated with these vehicles being broken into?

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