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Is tourism at fault? People say it "ruined" St. Thomas by introducing more opportunities for crime. And nobody in this excellent series of posts has yet speculated on the impact of new planned resorts on STX, so I will.

Tourism trivializes everything it touches, especially traditional cultures, as I see it. And I think this relates to crime and social controls which are part of old-time ways of doing things and raising kids. It's like the smallest aspects of life become less real and authentic all in order not to offend and discomfit the people who spend the money. And you would think crime would be a top priority with law enforcement because crime discourages the money spenders ... but this doesn't seem to be the case, as posters here are saying.

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PT

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Posted : July 4, 2010 5:08 pm
specialk
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...yes, they are enclosed, and that's a start. Next thing is to have armed security. An armed guard at Pickled Greek would have presented a physical barrier.

A few years back Bogey's was robbed. They had an armed guard. The robber took his badge and gun.

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Posted : July 4, 2010 9:09 pm
Novanut
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Are you sure they 'took' it?

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Posted : July 5, 2010 1:30 am
SkysTheLimit
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...yes, they are enclosed, and that's a start. Next thing is to have armed security. An armed guard at Pickled Greek would have presented a physical barrier.

A few years back Bogey's was robbed. They had an armed guard. The robber took his badge and gun.

You sure about that?

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Topic starter Posted : July 5, 2010 12:27 pm
stiphy
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Is tourism at fault? People say it "ruined" St. Thomas by introducing more opportunities for crime. And nobody in this excellent series of posts has yet speculated on the impact of new planned resorts on STX, so I will.

Tourism trivializes everything it touches, especially traditional cultures, as I see it. And I think this relates to crime and social controls which are part of old-time ways of doing things and raising kids. It's like the smallest aspects of life become less real and authentic all in order not to offend and discomfit the people who spend the money. And you would think crime would be a top priority with law enforcement because crime discourages the money spenders ... but this doesn't seem to be the case, as posters here are saying.

Thanks,
PT

If a culture responds to outsiders coming in by robbing them and murdering them I think that is a condemnation on said culture not the other way around. I think the suggestion that Crucian culture is that barabaric is a little bit insulting to all the Crucian folks with traditional values who are beyond accomodating to guests.

Crime, like everything is ultimately the product of individuals making choices. There are factors that make those choices more likely but at the end of the day an individual chooses to either perputrate crimes onto others or they don't. We need to hold those individuals accountable which we currently do not do in the USVI very effectively.

Sean

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Posted : July 6, 2010 2:26 pm
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Stiphy,

I've got to say I agree with you.

PT

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Posted : July 6, 2010 6:15 pm
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Posted : July 6, 2010 9:12 pm
Surfer33
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In simple terms, this was a crime of opportunity. The locale is isolated, no nearby neighbors. No street lights. Very close to the main road to make for a quick hit and run. Numerous escape routes. This is a criminal's dream "Mark." This has nothing to do with white or black; rich or poor; open dining or closed dining.

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Posted : July 6, 2010 10:44 pm
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