I keep tabs on the USVI crime logs. STT sounds like some parts of a major US city, while STJ definitely seems more rural.
However, I anything can happen anywhere. I'm disturbed by the STJ reports of home breaks and I just wanted to hear your thoughts.
It seems like it's pretty sporadic and probably a 'crime of opportunity' with a little planning.
STJ seems to be a community of fine luxury homes and people break in and take random things and furniture and electronics and TVs....simply by cutting through a screen. Are these incidents in isolated neighborhoods or are they all over? What are you doing as residents and homeowners to reduce the chances you will be victimized?
Logistically, any idea what happens with the stolen goods? I recently read about a sizable tv being taken. Is that hanging in some crooks living room? Does it get sold? Are hotels behind the crime to better outfit their rooms? - trying to lighten the mood a bit with that last one.
i would assume that goods that have been stolen are either used or sold for drugs-just like in the states.
Additionally, where do they go?
I'm wondering if people come over from STT by boat during the night, do their crimes, and take a boat back.
Does that seem to happen?
Are these people ever caught in the act?
All the islands, not just the VI, have so many unpatrolled shorelines that it's not unusual for goods to be stolen and within hours on a boat to other islands. Yes, sometimes thieves are apprehended shortly after the theft, but that's rare.
I just want to make a general comment about St John. I think that many people(crooks) feel that it is the playground for the rich and famous. The multi-million dollar villas are largely vacation homes. Vacationers have electronics and cash money which are easy to grab, and there will be new vacationers next week.
This is true. I know of places burglarized while people are home, around the pool or sleeping.
Grab and run for cash, laptops, cell phones, iPods, iPods, jewellery.
You must lock your doors. Yes, even in STJ.
The above post was specifically regarding STJ.
Are hotels behind the crime to better outfit their rooms? - trying to lighten the mood a bit with that last one.
Even the hotels have had their TV's stolen from the rooms. Or so they have told me.