I do not know as this would largely depend where you come from.
I have been away from my home country for more than ten years, so any comparison would be purely hypothecical.
I for one simply report what I see, read and hear and hope that this will be unbiased enough for readers to draw their own conclusions.
Unfortunately news always tend to be bad news as nobody seems to be interested in a report that says the week went without any incident…
Yes, this seems to be the case quite often.
Sometimes people would take their travel documents to the beach or pay small things (like a concho fare) with a 2,000 RD$ note.
The holiday psyche obviously relaxes the sense for dangers and little is known about do’s and dont’s in an unfamiliar environment, whereas at home
your senses will alert you for anything out of the usual.
Especially true in touristy places, yes.
In my view this is not the case.
Most Dominicans welcome tourism and try to benefit from it (jobs, services, sale of land, etc.).
The police render their mainly useless services to Dominicans and tourists alike… :