The CSSN annual report for 2022 provides details and analysis of reported crimes against yachts in the Caribbean for 2022. Overall reported crimes increased substantially from 2021 to levels similar to those pre-Covid with a significant increase in Violent crimes, dominated by acts of assault and robbery, with reduced levels of Piracy and its companion category, Suspicious Activity.

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Locations of incidents 2022

As described above, 2022 saw an overall rise in reported crimes from 102 to 121, a 19% increase. Violent incidents increased significantly from 7 to 12 (+72%) with the increase driven by increases in combined Assault/Robbery from 2 to 9 (+350%) offset by a reduction in combined Piracy/Suspicious Activity from 5 to 3, (- 40%). Violent activity was concentrated in St. Lucia with overall incidents spread broadly. St. Vincent and the Grenadines returned to its top position (26 reports, 1 violent) with Martinique (17reports,1 violent), Panama (10 reports, 1 violent), St. Lucia (10 reports, 5 violent) Dutch Sint Maarten (8 reports, none violent), and French St. Martin (7 reports, none violent). Crimes against yachts in each of these countries will be described in more detail below.

Total reported incidents by year

The overall increase in reported incidents was not surprising given the return to more typical levels of cruising in general and the spillover effects of hardships exacerbated by Covid, which combined with the continuing general lack of meaningful enforcement/deterrence by officials could not be offset by increased cruiser awareness and preparedness. Dinghies and outboards remain the primary target for thieves. Cruisers have upgraded elements of dinghy security but lifting overnight and robust locking systems have not become universal. Even as cruisers have upgraded, so have thieves at times arriving well prepared with tools of their own. Video surveillance at dinghy docks remains uncommon. Theft remains largely a crime of opportunity with too many dinghies left poorly secured with simple padlocks and cable. Even lifted dinghies are within the reach of determined thieves, making lifting and secure locking the best practice. Intrusion alarms have become more affordable and more common, and are now utilized on many cruising yachts. Video surveillance/tracking devices have captured some thieves in action, but law enforcement has not demonstrated a willingness to act on this information.

Violent and Non-violent crime 2016-2022

Violent/Serious crimes have continued to ramp up post-Covid. Attempted robbery (St. Lucia, Grenada), Robbery (St. Lucia, Martinique), Assault (St. Lucia-3, Panama, St. Vincent and the Grenadines), and Piracy (Honduras) combine with 2 piracy related Suspicious Activity events offshore (Honduras, Venezuela) for 12 total in 2022. Nonviolent crime also increased 15% from 95 to 109 reported incidents.


Countries where violent crime was reported

The details of each of these events can be found on the Piracy and 2022 annual Zoom-Tap Know and Go maps.


Types of crimes reported


Thefts continue to dominate, and more than 60% of the total 121 reported incidents were concentrated in 6 countries. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, (SVG) returns to its top spot with 21% of all reports, Martinique remains at #2 with 14%, Panama, again included in this top group at 8%.  St. Lucia returns to the top group at 8% and dominates the violent categories, with island neighbors Dutch (7%) and French (6%) St. Martins rounding out the top group. While no incident reports are presented here, use the popular Zoom-Tap, Know & Go feature on the CSSN website to review the detailed incident reports from these (or any) location easily.

The multi-island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines topped the list (26) as it has in past years with incidents (primarily theft) spread throughout its many islands. Bequia accounted for almost half of the reported incidents and included four burglaries (breaking/entering a locked and unoccupied yacht). After multiple incidents officials there reopened the Coast Guard station and began patrols, but no arrests were made. An assault in Buccament Bay, St. Vincent, added a violent incident to the tally.


Martinique (17) remains near the top of the group, with an incident of robbery in Fort de France, and includes most of the reported incidents of vandalism, all recorded at the St. Anne dinghy dock.


Panama (10) returns for a second time to the top group with 10 recorded incidents including an assault in Linton Bay marina. Thefts were reported along the northern coast and in the Bocas del Toro Island group.


St. Lucia (10) dominated reports regionally for Violent/Serious crimes. Assault and robbery (5) occurred in the area centered near Soufriere. Officials were slow to respond over the course of several months and made no arrests. Patrols were reinstated/increased in the Soufriere Marine management (SMMA) area.


Sint Maarten (Dutch) had 8 incidents (none violent), most of them thefts clustered in the lagoon and Simpson Bay.


Saint Martin (French) had 7 incidents, (none violent) and included thefts in Marigot and the lagoon. The island combined total was 15, down from the record high recorded there in 2021.

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