- About CSSN
- Caribbean Basin
- The Caribbean Safety and Security Net’s mission is the collection and dissemination of accurate information relating to crimes against yachts in the Caribbean, enabling cruisers to make intelligent decisions about how and where they cruise.
- This safety and security voice net was begun in 1996 by Frank Zachar on “Vagabond Tiger“, in an effort to alert the cruisers in Venezuela about the frequent outboard and dinghy thefts occurring that summer in the region. Subsequently, Bob and Robin Jones on “Elixer” (now “Buster”) took over the Net, coining the name “Caribbean Safety and Security Net“, and started keeping a paper log of security “events”. They were assisted and eventually replaced by Don and Judith Kline on “Daisy D”.
Don began keeping the first “electronic” records in a Paradox database. Don was joined by Melodye and John Pompa on “Second Millennium” for backup and relays. Melodye became the Net Controller in August 1999. and in 2007 she developed the first website, www.safetyandsecuritynet.com, which included 5 years of historic data. Based on her considerable experience she added information that addressed the most frequently asked questions that came up on the net. With Melodye and John’s move ashore in June 2012, Harm Brink of “Horta” took over the responsibilities of Net Control.
In early 2013, Kim White of “Gabrielle” with the assistance of other knowledgeable and dedicated cruisers developed and administered our first user survey, collecting information necessary to help chart the future of CSSN. Mary Stone of “Ms. Astor” became Webmistress in June of 2014. Kim continues to provide overall coordination of CSSN activities, with the help of the (all volunteer) CSSN team.