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Re: Island hopping between BVI and USVI?
Murder rates in the Caribbean fluctuate year-to-year. Recent data indicate that St.Kitts and Nevis (45.5 murders/100,000) had the highest rate for 2013, followed Jamaica (44.1), the Bahamas (34.1), and the USVI (32.9). Next were Trinidad and Tobago (30.5), followed by St Vincent and the Grenadines (27.6), St. Lucia (20.1), Dominica (16.8), Anguilla 14.8, Turks and Caicos (8.8), Barbados (8.7), Cayman Islands (7.0), and the BVI (3.5).
By comparison, New Orleans has a much higher rate than any of the Caribbean countries.
In any case, murders in the Caribbean rarely involve tourists. It certainly helps to acquire "street smarts" whenever you are in a new area. The tourism industry--particularly local hotels, charter bases, restaurants, etc., will provide advice, like taking a taxi after dark in certain areas. Muggings are more of a risk for tourists than murder.