A friend who rented a house for the past three years had money and jewelry missing after hosting a party before returning home this spring. No maid, no gardner, just a lot of really "close" freinds made through various social groups at the Lakeside. It had to be one of the guests, none who were Mexican.
Another friend told me of a neighbor who passed away, who had been lovingly taken care of in the last few months of life by a compasionate Ex-pat woman who had lived at the Lakeside for quite a few years. The family, NOB, was very greatful to know their Mom had such a caring freind nearby and insisted on paying her but the woman refused saying it was her pleasure. When the son from the US came to settle the estate he found his mothers accounts had been emptied and her jewelry all missing. The compasionate American woman had been seen wearing one of the rings. There was nothing they could do, it was just too tough trying to obtain a lawyer, bank records etc. Also the helpful care-giver could just say that she was gifted the money and jewelry by her greatful, elderly freind.
Point being, one of the great attractions to the Lakeside area is the ease of making freinds and the many activities you can join in. You really do not know the background or circustances of these people.
This webboard has convinced me to sell or gift away the bulk of my jewellry collection before moving down. Life is too short to have to worry about people stealing your valuables. At least this way I am selling it... not the thieves and the nieces&nephews can show me appreciation while I am still alive!
When I said Trust No One Mulder I didn't say trust the gringos. There are alot of scrappers lakeside who you can trust as far as you can throw them.