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Re: Safety while sailing the world - avoiding becoming a victim of crime
You can't just look at the crime rate for a state, county, or city. You have to look at particular locales and what the crime rate is on a particular block or street.
This was the basis of one of the most successful policing techniques, "cops on dots", that was used to reduce crime in New York, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and Miami.
The phrase comes from the large city maps you see in every police headquarters conference room, with dots of different colors to denote different crimes. The theory was, you concentrate your officers on where the crime was occurring. It doesn't make sense to evenly dispurse your police forces between four precincts, for example, when one precinct is responsible for 90 per cent of your crime.
Cruisers can use this too. It comes down to, there are always going to be high crime areas, and low crime areas, even within a very small city or town, pretty much where ever you go (I traveled to and worked with police officers in Switzerland, a very law abiding country, and all of the officers told me there were places in Switzerland, that you could go at night, and get in trouble very quickly; they even showed me some of them).
If you stay out of those areas, in whatever place you are cruising, visiting, or living, you are much, much less likely to be a crime statistic.
On the northern Gulf of Mexico.
"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico