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Safety while sailing the world - avoiding becoming a victim of crime

So I found this website.....


......that shows different countries crime rate. And I've noticed alot of popular international warm weather sailing destinations are off the chart when it comes to crime.

For example the USA has a murder rate of 4.8.

But look at the murder rates of some of these popular world sailing spots.

Honduras: 91.6
El Salvador: 69.2
Venezuela: 45.1
Belize: 41.4
Jamaica: 40.9
U.S. Virgin Islands: 39.2
Guatemala: 38.5
Saint Kitts and Nevis: 38.2
Bahamas: 36.6
Trinidad and Tobago: 35.2
Columbia: 31.4
Puerto Rico: 26.2
Saint Lucia: 25.2
Dominican Republic: 25.0
Mexico: 23.7
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: 22.9
Dominica: 22.1
Brazil: 21.8
Panama: 21.6

Several of these countries have homicide rates far higher than the most dangerous U.S. cities of Detroit, New Orleans, St Louis, Baltimore, Newark.

Detroit: 54.6
New Orleans: 53.2
St Louis: 35.5
Baltimore: 34.9
Newark: 34.4


These countries are some of the most dangerous in the world!

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Re: Safety while sailing the world - avoiding becoming a victim of crime

Well, I survived New Orleans and Baltimore. I guess I can survive the Caribbean.
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Re: Safety while sailing the world - avoiding becoming a victim of crime

True ... although I wonder if homicide rates are really that applicable to cruisers. Most homicides happen within a community. Most of those murdered know, or have a connection to, their murderer.

I'd think general crime, or more specifically property crime, are more to be concerned about. Here's another listing:

World map of Crime Index for 2014
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Re: Safety while sailing the world - avoiding becoming a victim of crime

Worth noting that even in the most dangerous country on earth, homicide is relatively rare. Those numbers are per 100,000, so #1 on the list is still less than 1 in 1000. I would guess in those countries far, far more than 1 in 1000 is involved in narcotic trafficking. I bet they make up the vast majority of the victims.

Obviously you should do your research before you go anywhere. If you do, your risk is quite low I bet. Here is my favorite site for pre-travel research: Alerts and Warnings
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Stay away from drugs and crime and you cut your risk much more
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exactly what mark sea life sed...
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Re: Safety while sailing the world - avoiding becoming a victim of crime

Homicide and petty theft are on the rise worldwide. I've been to some of the worst places on earth and there are things to avoid. (i was armed of course; your not)

Stay away from drugs and known drug areas.
Gather Intel on the places you visit. Knowledge is king. Plenty of websites for info.
Talk to the locals. They will tell you explicitly where not to go; easy.
Don't go out at night; stay away from alleys. Drunk by yourself in a alley is a sure thing to be rolled.
Travel in groups. Discuss what to do if something happens. Have a plan.
Dress like a local ! Yankees stand out worldwide. Don't look like a tourist! I love to watch americans when i travel. The look like buffoons.

Traveling in the interior of a lot of countries can be MUCH worse. Learn how to travel before you do. Even the local "police" will roll you.
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oh and venezuela is not my favorite sailing spot in near future as they ar e being revolutionized...many peiople killed by govt in a bunch a protests....
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Re: Safety while sailing the world - avoiding becoming a victim of crime

Once again someone is coming on here with fantastic statistics that have little or NO relevance to cruisers or visitors to these countries at all.
There were indeed something like 19 murders in Trinidad in the first 9 days of 2014, but not one single person involved was a cruiser, tourist, foreign worker or in fact non-citizen.
This kind of sensationalizing belongs on CNN; it has no place on SailNet. Why would anyone even post this crap on here? I'm sure one can find statistics on the web that show whatever one wants them to show.
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Re: Safety while sailing the world - avoiding becoming a victim of crime

Murder and homicide are not necessarily the same thing. A murder is an intentional and wrongfull killing. A homicide may be any killing, especially an accidental killing.

So if a despondent drunk jumps off a highway overpass and I run him over and kill him, that's homicide. It is not murder, unless I changed lanes and purposefully aimed to run him down.

If your statistics confuse the terms, then they are meaningless. Without context and definition, most statistics will mislead.
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