Surveillance of Property and Assets

Starting May 1st, the National Registry of Costa Rica will offer a property alert service which will give owners greater control of their assets.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The service is called Alert Registry and will be available to owners of personal property (vehicles) and real estate (land). The annual fee to receive notices is $15 per year (7700 ¢) for each of the properties you want to put under surveillance.

"In this way, we will prevent more people losing lands through fraudulent mortgages or sales, a crime that they may learn about possibly months or even years later," reports

At present, the only gateway to the service is the registry web page on the National Registery site (

Osvaldo Henderson, Deputy Fraud Prosecutor, recognized that although these measures will not stop the crime, they will contribute towards preventing it.

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