On January 1st my sister in law was heading to work in a taxi from the Las Americas area, when the taxista picked up 2 men who almost immediately held the 2 of them (assuming the taxista wasn't in on it) at knife point. Her purse was taken and the men left without any physical violence.

Fortunately she only had an old cheap purse, and a few pieces of used makeup in there, no money beyond her taxi passage and no ID's.

Lesson learned: Always travel light, no extra credit cards, money, etc.