St. Thomas Safe?

Jul 26th, 2002, 04:30 AM
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Hey Jerk
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Jerk, when you post two posts within a few minutes of each other, at least use the same name! And now you are using Alex's name. What an idiot!
 
Jul 26th, 2002, 08:35 AM
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Since you make a career out of trashing the USVI expect that St. John will be your next target tonight. What names will you use then? Please post links to other island crime reports rather than just the USVI so travelers to any Caribbean island can have ALL the crime reports for the last year or longer for ALL islands since you are so concerned. Or do the islands hide the crime?
 
Jul 26th, 2002, 01:12 PM
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That's really sad to see verification that the homicide rate is about to break a record on what used to be a peaceful island. It seems that a murder or an armed robbery appears almost daily in the newspapers there, while on other islands there may be one or two a year at most. St. Thomas now has per capita crime statistics similar to big cities with millions of people. Does anyone know what the authorities are doing to manage this situation?
 
Jul 27th, 2002, 12:35 PM
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We have been going to St. Thomas every year since 1995. Most recently in April of this year. We have Never have had any problems with crime. We are careful where we go and when. Just as we do when we are home. As a previous post suggested do your homework before you go. We follow the online newspapers and know that crime exists there but where doesn't it. The people who have claimed that there is an abundance of crime seem to have another agenda. They don't offer specifics on how they have been impacted by crime on the island. Details on there experiences would be more helpful to all of us then just stating " St. Thomas is NOT safe at all -- and it is definitely one of the most unattractive and downtrodden islands I have EVER seen!!!" It's time to get off your soapboxes.
We are heading back down in September for a little more Limin. We would recommend a vacation on St. Thomas to anyone... and we have...They all have loved it. Norma, Use common sense and you will have an outstanding time.
 
Jul 27th, 2002, 11:17 PM
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I have posted links to crime on St. Thomas, and I will continue to do so when it is things that tourists should know, such as headlines like Homicide Rate is 5 Times US Average, or Armed Robbers Burst into Restaurant. I have never said it is not safe, I just pointed out that it has MUCH more serious crime than most other islands. I have no other major criticism of STT. My intention is to make people aware so that they don't become the next victim, since most people are not aware that crime is soaring there in the last couple of years. I hope that reporting it this way will motivate the people of the island to address the issue, and I commend those who are doing something about the situation rather than trying to downplay it. Only by tourists becoming concerned will the issue be addressed. Hopefully we won't have to wait for another wakeup call like the 3 tourists being gunned down in 1996 in Saga Haven in a marina parking lot on St. Thomas. Or the 1972 murder of 4 tourists on a golf course in St. Croix. Crimes like that are NOT happening on most of the other Caribbean Islands. That's the dirty big secret of the USVI.
 
Jul 28th, 2002, 04:20 AM
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Well good morning 'reality'. I am so glad to see that you have finally posted some sort of explanation for doing what you do.I have no argument with it at all. Some exceptions however. It would be nice if you were so cordial with your responces everytime, as well as using the same 'name'. This way you can become more credible as far as I am concerned, as well as others as you have seen them telling you about hiding under the different guises. Sometimes you are pretty rude also in trying to get this point of yours across. Just by stating the facts, you will come off as an informer rather than a detractor.
Thank you.
Ronnie

And since you say I must say it. I do own properties in the USVI!

And by the way, of the two cases you cited. Saga Haven was unfortunate yes, it did however stink of an execution style hit. Appparently someone or more than one were sent down here to perform it. The true story as to one of the murdered dealings is still unclear. As to Fountain Valley, not only were 4 tourists killed, but 4 locals working at the golf course also, don't show it as if it were a local against tourist attack. It was a bunch of young radicals just back from the Vietnam conflict trying to get even with the system. It has forever marred St. Croix's tourist activity. All had been caught, tried, and jailed. One escaped and is in self exile in Cuba!

Glad you showed two links having had the perpetrators caught and brought to justice. The Governeor has allotted extra funds to fight these criminals, and it seems that they are on the ball. Hopefully soon they will all be off the streets and the USVI will be a much safer place than other Caribbean islands that local authorities cover up the facts on!
 
Jul 29th, 2002, 10:25 PM
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To the other Mike above who apparently has stolen my "name": Kindly stop using it as everyone knows by now that I absolutely ABHOR the USVI--they positively STINK!!!
 
Aug 8th, 2002, 05:26 PM
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Regarding St. Thomas and safety it is just like any other city in the world. I lived there for a while and had absolutely no problems with any of the locals. I even spent my first couple of months hitchiking to work and back home. The one thing to remember is to use basic common sense. Don't go walking around downtown late night. The tourist areas of St. Thomas are fine. The east end is perfectly safe. Don't listen to these crazy people who are out to get St. Thomas. It is a perfectly safe place with some enjoyable and gracious locals, if you just get to know them a bit. Treat others how you wish to be treated. Bottom line= St. Thomas is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking islands in the world and if you changed your mind on visiting you would definitly be missing out a great deal. take care
 
Aug 9th, 2002, 09:05 AM
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Hey jojo,

Be careful. There are a lot of people out there who won't like you telling the truth about St. Thomas. It gets in the way of their fantasies about it being some kind of ghetto.
 
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