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Old 15-01-2018, 18:56   #31
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Re: Personal safety/security in USVI?

To put my money where my mouth is, I have a charter out of St . Vince in early June 2018. Going from St V to Tabago Cays on a 44 Lagoon. My bother and I will skipper, bringing along my wife, kids, and elderly but spry mom. I am not worried, but I am not going blindfolded either.
I'll watch the news about any cruiser/tourist crimes but unless it's horrific, I won't be deterred.
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To put my money where my mouth is, I have a charter out of St . Vince in early June 2018. Going from St V to Tabago Cays on a 44 Lagoon. My bother and I will skipper, bringing along my wife, kids, and elderly but spry mom. I am not worried, but I am not going blindfolded either.
I'll watch the news about any cruiser/tourist crimes but unless it's horrific, I won't be deterred.
I would not be to worried.
The Grenadines are as safe as any place.
I have sailed there many times and never ever had any trouble or seen any trouble.
Of all the thousands of boats that sail there you hardly have any crimes against sailors.
Most problematic place seems to be Canouan. Dingy theft. But put the dingy up on the davit and lock it at night.
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FBI Says The Virgin Islands Has The Highest Murder Rate In The Country - Virgin Islands Free Press
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Would any of you go to DC?
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Would any of you go to DC?
I worked as a federal LEO in Baltimore for six years. D.C. is like a lot of places, very safe in the day, not so much at night.
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Re: Personal safety/security in USVI?

Look, in very small places, such as the USVI, many times smaller than DC, for example, statistics get skewed high or low, by just a few examples.

The BVI, for example, generally comes in as a very safe place. One year, some time ago, we had less than a handful of related, drug-related murders, in a short space of time. Nothing widespread, but suddenly we were the murder capital of the world! The BVI has 30,000 inhabitants, more than a village, but still no bigger than a very small town. If there are a couple of murders, or car accidents, or cases of some disease, all of a sudden it looks like we are a hotbead of that particular ignominy. Or, if none of these things happen for a few months, like we are immune to the same thing. In reality, neither is the case. Statistics.....
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Look, in very small places, such as the USVI, many times smaller than DC, for example, statistics get skewed high or low, by just a few examples.

The BVI, for example, generally comes in as a very safe place. One year, some time ago, we had less than a handful of related, drug-related murders, in a short space of time. Nothing widespread, but suddenly we were the murder capital of the world! The BVI has 30,000 inhabitants, more than a village, but still no bigger than a very small town. If there are a couple of murders, or car accidents, or cases of some disease, all of a sudden it looks like we are a hotbead of that particular ignominy. Or, if none of these things happen for a few months, like we are immune to the same thing. In reality, neither is the case. Statistics.....
Exactly.
And these fw crimes affect the local population a almost never the tourists.
In St-Vincent in 2016 a sailor was murdered. All I ear now is that it's a dangerous place.
But I remember a guy stabbing some tourist on Time square about 6 years ago or a would be terrorist parking a car full of propane on time square, a guy driving down on the side walk an hitting people, and then some. But still, millions go every year.

https://www.trulia.com/real_estate/T...rk/5248/crime/

I have sailed many Islands and I have yet to have seen a place where I was worried for my safety. And believe me I am very aware of my surroundings.
Just regular precautions like you would at home.

In perspective, I am more likely to die driving my car then anything else. ( Non smoker :-) )
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