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asmith91303 December 12th, 2008 10:39 AM

St. Thomas crime rates?
 
IS it true that the crime has gone up in St.Thomas? I haven't been there in two years but it was so nice the last time. I have been there 3 times,loved it every time and was a little surprised to hear about the crime. We always took a cab to the beaches and shopping area because the ride was inexpensive so maybe that is why I didn't realize about the crime. Has it gone down hill as a place to visit? Thanks for the insight.

Phil&Liz December 12th, 2008 04:46 PM

It is always suggested that tourists be aware of their surroundings whenever they travel.

It is true that STT has crime, just as every other island around there.

You might learn more in detail about the area at the community board (like this one) at http://www.vinow.com .

Phil & Liz

lhp December 15th, 2008 10:35 AM

I use a pretty simple plan when in ports... (any port)... I don't wear anything that can be "yanked" off (like a necklace)...

I use my Samsonite (cut proof) travel bag worn across the body.
(it is lockable....so no worries about pick pockets)

If we go to a beach, I don't get in the water (or in the sun for that matter)...so I "guard the stuff" in the closest shade area.

Kuki December 15th, 2008 11:15 AM

St Thomas is fairly safe if you stay in the more "touristy areas" during the day.

The crime rate there rises substantially after dark. Means most ships are already gone, but it is a bit dangerous for the locals in the evening.

Trip December 15th, 2008 08:38 PM

Straying off the tourist beaten path on any island, can be risky. Many years back, the US Navy told the sailors to stay out of town, in st Thomas to be safe. We may be in vacation mode, but the population on any island is not.....

Thankfully, there is not much crime in the heavily populated shopping area, where a thief would have a hard time getting by all the men waiting outside the shops, for their wives and girl friends:)


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