Kasjojo - - A very "glowing" advertisement for one of my favorite anchorages/islands - but unfortunately a bit too sugar coated and divorced from reality.
- - Virtually all the Caribbean islands and specifically the eastern islands are either getting increasingly dangerous to you and your possessions - or - the reporting systems are getting better. I would go with the former as the world economic collapse has left a lot of local islands without jobs and the means to feed their families. So logically the incidents of petty and more major crimes rises.
- - Carriacou and specifically Tyrrell Bay has been notorious for periodic petty and major thefts of dinghy
motors and other stuff cruisers do not adequately lock or store away. Bequia is worse, but Tyrrell Bay is holding its own in the ranks of thievery from visiting cruisers. See: WINDWARDISLANDS
and for Bequia: most recent
- - The last major Grenada
physical attack against visiting cruisers was in Mt Hartman Bay, Grenada (Carriacou is part of Grenada). See: Noonsite: Caribbean: Grenada, Mt. Hartman Bay - Attack & Robbery 2009 - Update
- - It took a year and a half to catch and convict - one of the attackers. And it took multiple trips from Europe
to Grenada by the victims - at their own expense - to assist in getting a conviction of the person.
- - Almost if not all of the eastern islands use the "western" system of justice and getting a conviction requires the presence and testimony of the victim at each and every court appearance. It is an old legal
tactic to get "continuances" by the defense until the victim gives up or cannot afford to pursue the matter further. Then the accused goes free due to lack of witnesses/complainant. Fact of life in most everywhere in the western world.
- - Specifically to cruising foreign countries, hanging around for years to see "justice" done in your particular theft/case is not realistic. The cruiser(s) simply leave and write off the loss. The local law enforcement officials usually
are not interested in pursuing crimes against cruisers as without a complaintant/witness they cannot get a conviction.
- - In physical assaults the officials are more interested as there is a direct correlation to the loss of business due to cruisers avoiding the area. So you will see all sorts of political figures posturing and professing "action" but beyond the "P.R." little is actually done unless the cruiser victim "pushes" the system.
- - Bottom line: There are some "rotten apples" in the barrel of idyllic island paradises. The percentage is, maybe, increasing due to economic conditions. And most importantly, it is extremely important that cruisers recognize the limitations of the criminal justice system in the islands. So each cruising boat
needs to take reasonable and effective counter-measures to secure their boats and possessions (non-lethal counter-measures) now more than ever.