CARIBBEAN SAFETY AND SECURITY NET ANNUAL REPORT 2022 REPORTED YACHT CRIME – CARIBBEAN

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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CSSN continues to support the cruising community by providing the basic infrastructure for incident reporting and data consolidation and dissemination. The majority of our reports were firsthand, submitted by victims and then vetted/curated/published by our volunteer team. CSSN Zoom-Tap,  Know and Go interactive maps remain a user favorite, and our website features other popular tools (including dedicated interactive Piracy maps and planning advice) for cruisers to utilize as they review risk as part of their cruise planning process. Subscriptions to our popular (FREE) CSSN ALERTS! continue to grow as do our followers on social media. We continue to work with our partners (Noonsite/SSCA/Boatwatch) who themselves continue to enhance their own products while providing complimentary support to our yacht crime reporting mission.

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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

COUNTRY BREAKDOWN

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.

First hand reports bring the most complete and best quality information to our community, and continue to dominate our published reports. We all depend on each other to self-report, but there is more to do. It is as simple as see something, say something. Multiple channels of communication exacerbate the problem. Please, support and help the community by getting the word out in any channel you use, tell 2 (or more!) friends about CSSN. CSSN volunteers have worked hard to make incident reporting accessible, easy and private. Reporting in all languages supported by Google is fully enabled.

If you are a victim, complete the simple online incident report. If you become aware of an incident, encourage the victims to make a timely and private firsthand report to CSSN, tag us or share a link to our online reporting form. Or make a report yourself (we will work closely with you to get the best available facts). CSSN’s site, information and resources are tools made freely available (and ad free) to our cruising community. We all share the responsibility to use them wisely for our mutual safety and security.

CSSN remains an all-volunteer, independent, self-funded team. We commit considerable amounts of our time, and it only requires a small amount of yours to keep everyone well informed. Please encourage your friends to subscribe to (FREE) ALERTS!, or to follow us on social media, or in the Noforeignland app. Check out the many resources available on our website and make CSSN a permanent part of your risk assessment and cruise planning process.

With your valued input CSSN informs, and captains decide.

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Safe Cruising,

Kim White and the all-volunteer CSSN team

CSSN News – November 13, 2023 – Viewing CSSN reports on noforeignland

 

 

Viewing CSSN reports in noforeignland

CSSN recently announced our Information Sharing Partnership with noforeignland . We hope you have already explored the thoughtfully featured noforeignland offering and signed up to see CSSN data integrated there.  To make things easy we have summarized the steps below, and show some of the enhanced options available in the app and website.

 

To preserve precious bandwidth, the noforeignland app and website defaults to only showing place and boat markers added by other users. To see more, you must subscribe to an External data provider; in this case CSSN.

The steps required to subscribe are the same for both the website and the app. A distinct advantage of using the app is that it loads and stores the data for use offline; convenient if you want to take the reports with you when out sailing. The steps below provide the details for setting up and customizing  your CSSN third party subscription.

Step 1 – Get the noforeignland app

If you already use the noforeignland app, then you can skip this step. If you don’t use the app yet, then click here to download it.

Once installed, sign in using the same credentials you use for the noforeignland website (Email, Facebook, Google, etc.). If you don’t already have an account on the website, select the Create account option and follow the on-screen prompts to get set up.

Step 2 – Subscribe to CSSN reports

To open the subscription settings for CSSN do the following:

  1. Open the Settings page (tap the red button on the top-left of the screen and choose Settings).
  2. Under the Map settings section choose External data providers,
  3. Select the CSSN Crime Reports option.

Your screen should now look like this:

About halfway down the screen there is a Subscription switch. Turn the switch on to activate your subscription and download the CSSN reports. There’s nothing more you need to do. Whenever a new CSSN incident is reported, it will automatically be added to the map. Noforeignland receives updates from CSSN daily, so you can be sure to have the latest information.

When viewing the map you will notice the CSSN report markers (with a skull icon) have been added: red indicates violent crime, and amber indicates non-violent crime.

Tapping a marker will show a preview for the report. Slide the preview up to see the full report details.

In some places, multiple reports are combined under a single marker. For example, Rodney Bay in St Lucia looks something like this, showing multiple incidents for both violent and non-violent crimes:

Step 3 – Customize your subscription (optional, but a very powerful and helpful feature)

You can customize which CSSN data you want to subscribe to. For example, if you only want to see reports of Violent crime, then uncheck the box on the subscription page for Non-violent crime. And if you only want to see incidents in the last year, you can adjust this using the slider at the bottom of the screen too:

Top tip: If you want to get an even clearer view, then use Map filters to remove all markers except for external data. When used in combination with the above subscription settings, you can easily see all recorded Violent crime in the last year (or timeframe of your choosing).

Note that this works even when the app is offline:

Submitting an incident report

If you are a victim, or hear of a crime involving a yacht, then please do your part and let others know by reporting it to CSSN.

All incidents should be reported via the CSSN web site by completing our short form. To make the form easy to find, there is a link to it from the CSSN subscription settings page, and at the bottom of every CSSN incident report in the noforeignland app and website.

Check out other NFL How to guides for more useful tips on getting the most out of noforeignland.

CSSN News – November 6, 2023 – Noforeignland is now a CSSN Information Sharing Partner

 

 

CSSN is excited and proud to announce our new Information Sharing Partnership with noforeignland. Now you can see CSSN incident reports not only on our popular website Zoom-Tap Know & Go maps, but also integrated with other cruising destination details on the interactive noforeignland map. Including safety and security information in your planning has become even easier!

Noforeignland is a popular and richly featured map based cruising destination planning website and app, with much to offer our cruising community. The comprehensive crowd-sourced sailing destinations include all the details you want to know about – like navigation and port of entry information, dinghy docks, laundry, propane, medical, snorkeling spots and so much more. Their filtering capability makes it easy to display just what you want to see as you plan your sailing itinerary. You can easily download information for use offline, too. You will even find convenient links to the CSSN online incident reporting form.

Noforeignland is much more than a destination or cruising guide. Their platform includes many social features designed for cruisers allowing you to add your own boat, create your own track for you and others to see, find friends boats, form or join groups of common interest like Kids4Sail, include your photos and blog – all in one place.

It’s easy to download the noforeignland app, easy to use and customize, and now easy to add CSSN data to your maps/display, or simply look for any of  the noforeignland CSSN reference icons :

positioned off major anchorages and click to add and then customize CSSN reports on your maps in noforeignland.  It’s that easy and it’s all FREE. Check it out and sign-up today and Know Before You Go !

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