St. Croix crime...the truth
Too many of my friends have died here for me to refer to this place as safe. !
There's a whole generation of young people such as yourself living here who don't share that sort of loss so one has to take into consideration and wonder about the company you keep. Run with a posse and of course the numbers rise. If your definition of "friend" extends to people you just happen to know vaguely or know of distantly through school and small community life in general then that's a whole 'nother take.
To our readers: These islands are small, though they are rigidly segregated.
Young people who reject the hyper-segregation and engage with individuals of varying socioeconomic classes will come to personally know many of the victims of heinous crimes. Contrary to statements frequently made here, many murder victims aren't thugs. Indeed, several have been college students returning home on break.
Many of the posters here live in a world that I (and most Virgin Islands natives) are unfamiliar with. It is a world that rationalizes and makes excuses for the horrible murder rate because the victims are of a different color and generation. I love my islands, but calling this place "safe" is simply untrue.
This becomes obvious when you compare the VI's murder rate to the murder rates in poor, mid-sized rural towns in the States (the islands are decidedly rural, so comparisons to urban cities are improper).
When you base your whole premise on the totally false assumption that only "young people who reject the hyper-segregation and engage with individuals of varying socioeconomic classes will come to personally know many of the victims of heinous crimes" your whole dissertation goes down the tubes. The islands are not "rigidly segregated" either geographically or socially.
And please point out where and when anyone has ever, either on this forum or anywhere else"call(ed) this place "safe"."
I hope that as you age and mature you learn not to toss massive dense blankets over everything as they only serve to muffle and blind.
The senator who made the racist lol comment was Juan Figueroa serville. Without having looked it up, my memory of that comment was that it was directed at holland red field and his radio show. Juan also complained about how hard it was to dress well on his salary.
I figure it's about time to join in on the discussions. I have reviewed several discussions over the past year. My wife and I are moving to St. Croix in June 2016. We have visited the island in the past, most recently we were on St. Croix for the entire month of July.
While there are many things we need to know or do prior to our move, the issue of safety is paramount. We have visited the island from east to west, north to south. I have read the past 18 months of police reports in the St. Croix Source newspaper and marked on a map every location (estate) of reported crimes from domestic violence and burglary to drugs and homicide. While this type of research is lacking, it is a place to start.
I have read so many mixed responses on this particular thread and it's hard to read between the lines and consider the circumstances and experiences behind each response. I also have a difficult time reading things with objectivity as it is my desire to achieve the end result of "St. Croix is safe".
The East End clearly has the least amount of criminal activity. The northern coastal areas from around the Salt River area westward also seem pretty crime free based on my research.
During our most recent visit we stayed on East End and there are several things we like about the East End. Here is our dilemma, we are definitely West End folks. As our month long visit progressed, we spent more and more time driving to the West End. We will be renting before buying so a 6-12 month continuous stay will definitely give us a more valid impression.
The issue of safety and crime were discussions we had on more than one occasion with people we met. During our stay, I can honestly say we never felt unsafe. We had a few nights out in Frederiksted including the July 4th celebration and walked from town to where we were staying at Cottage by the Sea's hotel before and after the celebration. Perhaps this was not the safest bet and I have reconsidered this choice after the fact. I can say that we opted to leave the car unlocked and absent of valuables as opposed to leaving it locked with or without valuables. I figured if it was unlocked at least there was no need to break a window to find out that there was nothing in the vehicle.
I plan to continue reading the posts here and make my best attempt to objectively view the posts and read in between the lines as needed.
Thanks to those who have taken time to respond to posts from others like me who are preparing to make our move to paradise, or at least a version of it.
USVI Senator Figueroa-Serville
Unfortunately, this is the level of incompetence, ignorance, lack of fiduciary responsibility and ethics that is rampant here.
As for you, CatainMalibu ( and everyone else here on forum).
Everyone's experience is different with regard to safety.
Monagram's post is relevant and sad. Rotor had an horrendous experience as have others. Not everyone has these experiences but it is a ripple effect. Not sure where in the world in this day and age that one can no longer isolate themselves from that potential of violence and loss?
What do you want?
I grew up here and loved it.
What I'm seeing these days, not so enchanted.
i like living here and most of the time i do feel safe. but in our almost 11 years here we have had more crime then when we lived in the states.
a couple of car break ins with broken windows
a house hubby was working on was broken into numerous time
another house of a friend was robbed of everything and i mean everything
a few car break ins with no broken windows
someone came into out house right after i got home from the grocery store-might have been fast eddie? stole a camera case.
but again-i generally feel safe.
Contrary to statements frequently made here, many murder victims aren't thugs. Indeed, several have been college students returning home on break.
I believe this is absolutely untrue. Can you back this statement up with some facts?
I can't speak with authority, however, I have read 18 months of police reports and most violent crimes, especially homicide, have been criminal on criminal offenses. Perhaps the term "thug" is offensive to some but my research indicates criminals are killing each other. It seems that there are strong feelings expressed in this particular thread. I hope that my comments are not received as offensive as that is not my intention. Just looking for feedback from those hopefully in the know.
While we debate crime on STX, Augustus Bannis dies after fighting for his life in the hospital for 2 months! This is sadder than sad. I cannot imagine the agony his family has been put through due to the actions of a SKUNT on STX.
This was a "thug on innocent" crime, not a "thug on thug".
USVI Senator Figueroa-Serville
Heard that on radio talk show this morning as well as the fact that has no prior experience nor expertise in this area.
The only thing that gets recycled here is incompetent deadwood.
I'm sure his salary will be more than when he was a senator so sure he'll be able to pay for his suits. He'll probably follow his buddy Mapp's example and charge the taxpayers using his newly issued government credit card.
It is #@!!+&!! outrageous and sickening.