Over the last two or three decades, rising crime levels have become a major concern in Santo Domingo. Media reports on urban gangs, robberies and violent crimes reflect a climate of fear that has invaded public life. Taking these at face value, an outsider would be forgiven for assuming that Santo Domingo has become another Kingston or Port of Spain.
However, one does not have to spend long in the Dominican capital to realise that these reports overstate the case for danger. Crime has certainly increased markedly, especially opportunistic muggings, but Santo Domingo has a long way to go to catch up with its Caribbean cousins. Why, then, these fear-inducing representations?