Delinquency vs. Organized Crime
It is cute, really, the way they keep talking down here in the Dominican Republic about "delinquency" as if there are roving gangs of adolescents running their skateboards through crowds of pedestrians, stealing hubcaps, spray painting graffiti on walls. I am not sure why they keep using the word to refer to the crimes that are taking place all over the beach areas and in the affluent areas of the Capital. Seems to me that when you have armed men breaking into a house and going for computers, passports, jewelry and credit cards, you have crime. And to sell foreign passports, you need a real connection. So this would be crime. Since the US changed its deportation policies back in '94, both the DR and Haiti have had an influx of returned deportees who have completed their advanced crime training in the prison systems of the US. This is a crime wave. Fueled with a crack addiction.
This is not to say that you should not come to vacation here - or even think about investing here. Just be aware that there are areas that are best avoided.