I have lived in St. Thomas for one year. I moved here from a big city in order to experience the beautiful beaches and what I thought would be a more relaxing way of life. Unfortunately, it is very difficult for me to relax in my home when I frequently hear gunshots.
I live just up the hill from the Mafolie Hotel. Several times a month, if not every week, I hear gunshots. Most of the time it is after midnight but I have noticed them as early as 8pm. More recently these aren’t just people shooting up into the air but rather a series of 8-10 gunshots three or four times in a row.
Never once have I heard police sirens after the gunshots. From several people I have spoken with they claim that’s just the way it is. Why is it that St. Thomas has such a low standard of safety that people just accept the fact that gunshots are a normal occurrence? I would like to invite friends to visit but I can’t in good conscious invite someone close to me with the chance that we will hear gunshots during their visit. That is a horrible impression for a visitor to have of a gorgeous island. In a similar situation, I can’t imagine how a hotel explains the gunshots to their guests.
What is being done about crime on this island? From my vantage point it is very little.
You should probably post this in the Under the coconut tree forum.
Have you been reporting the gunshots?
I reached out to the police department. Not very helpful.