Originally Posted by fishwife
One the subject of Trini versus Grenada, I seem to remember that in 2009 the security situation was getting very bad, with cruisers actually organising a night time dinghy
patrol. Those of you in the know, is it still as bad?
If there is less crime or security is better in Grenada then I'd think that was a 'unique selling point' and be willing to pay the extra fee, just for a greater peace of mind.
We are still not sure what we are going to be doing this year and next, the islands may or may not feature in our plans but security will be an issue when we decide.
Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it. The security situation has reversed. We have had more incidents of stolen motors, dinghys, robberies, and even attempted murder against cruisers here in Grenada while Trinidad has settled down considerably. All over the Caribbean things move in cycles where one "bad" spot is now a "good" spot and vice versa.
- - Trinidad has 18 people for every one person in Grenada and Trinidad is a large industrial complex island and like most large cities around the world there is plenty of crime numerically in and around the "big" city. But the cruisers have adapted and do not anchor
out except in one nicely protected little bay at TTSA. The rest are in marinas
or on the hard
-and - take simple security measures to thwart thefts because of the perceived reality of more potential crime. I have been going there once or twice a year for the last 6 years and have never had any incidents or even "close-to" an incident. But I do know of robberies and thefts that happened during that time period to friends and other cruisers. So it is not totally rosey or totally bad.
- - Unfortunately in the Windward Islands
from Grenada north the historic near total absence of significant and even petty crime has passed and now there is significantly more incidents being reported and even seen first hand. The world is "even-ing" out with few if any places "free" of crime now. So it is important to take precautions and plan carefully everywhere, not just in the "historically" perceived bad places. Complaceny in the historically "good" places might be contributing to the increase in crime there as we don't think we have to be as aware and careful.