The CSSN annual report for 2021 provides details and analysis of reported yacht crimes in the Caribbean for 2021. As the Covid situation began to abate, restrictions and entry protocols opened up and a more typical cruising dynamic began to re-emerge. As did crimes against yachts in the Caribbean. Total reported crimes against yachts rose from the lows of 2020. Violent crimes increased, and included piracy, as well as piracy related suspicious activity.

Annual Report
CSSN Annual Report

CSSN celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2021 and we continue in our mission to support the cruising community by encouraging and enabling the reporting as well as the archiving of accurate information about crimes against yachts. The information that CSSN publishes is sourced from vetted firsthand reports made by victims and those in our community who make reports. Volunteers work hard behind the scenes to vet and publish our fact based reports, while maintaining everyone’s privacy.  We continue to improve the tools and information available to users on our website, The published incident reports and supporting website tools like the very popular Zoom-Tap, Know & Go interactive maps feature inform our community about potential risks. Subscriptions to our (FREE) Alerts! continue to increase significantly as do followers on social media.

We continue in our valued partnerships with Noonsite, where you find selected CSSN reports, the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA), and Boatwatch. The daily KPK HF net (SSB 8104 12:15 UTC) operates 365 days/year. Each of us has made important improvements to our offerings in 2021 and working together in complimentary ways, we each bring greater value and broadened benefits utilizing the best information available to our cruising community.




Locations of incidents 2021

As described above, 2021 saw a significant increase in total reported incidents, coming off the low of 2020. Incidents increased from 72 to 102, a 42% increase. Violent incidents increased as well, from 3 to 7, including 4 occurrences of piracy related Suspicious Activity. Reported incidents were spread more broadly throughout the region as Covid protocols and restrictions relaxed, with St.Martin – French (17) + Dutch (5) = 22, Martinique (15), Grenada (13) and Panama (8) contributing more than 50% of the total reports. Crimes against yachts in each of these countries will be described in more detail below.

Total reported incidents by year

The increase year to year was not unexpected. Economic hardship and lack of improvement in meaningful enforcement/deterrence  were not offset by improvements in cruiser awareness and preparedness.  Dinghies/outboards remain a primary target for thieves.  As cruisers have upgraded elements of their dinghy security thieves have also upgraded their tools and methods. 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.

Violent and non-violent crime 2015-2021

After the Covid low in 2020, 2021 saw a return of serious/violent crime. Attempted robbery (Guadeloupe), Assault (Mexico) and Piracy (Venezuela) combine with 4 piracy related Suspicious Activity events offshore (Nicaragua-3), and (Honduras-1) for 7 total.

Countries where violent crime was reported

The details of each of these events can be found on the Piracy and 2020 annual Zoom-Tap Know and Go maps.

Types of incidents reported


Thefts continue to dominate, and approximately 50% of the total 102 reported incidents were concentrated in 4 countries – Saint Martin, Martinique, Grenada and Panama.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) after six straight years on the top countries list, is absent this year. However of the 4 crimes reported in SVG, 2 involved the theft of entire yachts from the Blue Lagoon/Young Island Cut anchorage. 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.

Saint Martin (French) tops the list with 17 incidents (none violent), most of them thefts clustered in and around Marigot Bay. Island neighbor Sint Maarten (Dutch) was not immune to crime, and added 5 for an island total of 22.


Martinique (15), none violent, was again very active and makes its 3rd appearance in the top list in as many years. Half of all incidents were reported in St. Anne with the balance spread around the island.   CSSN would like to express our special thanks to those who continue to engage and help to increase the participation of the French cruising community, serving to better inform the larger cruising community.

Grenada (13), none violent, returns to the top list for the 3rd straight year with incidents in the southern bays and (5) reported in Carriacou. This represents an increase from the lows of 2020 (5) but is well below the high of 19 in 2019.

Panama (8), none violent, returns to the top list after a one year absence, with 5 incidents reported in Bocas del Toro and the balance in Linton Bay. Given the increased level of activity in Bocas del Toro CSSN has expanded the locations menu on our online reporting form and adjusted historic reports in our database (and maps) as well.


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. Please, support and help the community by getting the word out, 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.

Report Incident to Caribbean Safety and Security Net

If you are a victim, complete the simple online incident report, or contact net control during the daily SSCA HF net (SSB 8104 kHz at 12:15 UTC). If you become aware of an incident, encourage the victims to make a timely and private firsthand report to CSSN. 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. Please encourage your friends to subscribe to (FREE) Alerts!, or to follow us on social media. 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.


We always welcome your feedback and suggestions, simply click the
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Safe Cruising,

Kim White and the all-volunteer CSSN team



CSSN Annual Report 2016 Reported Yacht Crime – Caribbean

CSSN would like to thank everyone who made reports, and those who offered constructive help and suggestions to help make our service even more useful.

CSSN 2016 Annual Report

More good things happened at CSSN this year. We announced our information sharing partnership with Noonsite, enabling us both to bring our audiences even more timely and complete information. This partnership complements our continuing partnership with the SSCA, and the daily KPK HF broadcast (8104 kHz at 0815 AST).

We welcomed new members to our all-volunteer team and introduced several important new features on the website. It’s now easy to search our archived News and Incident Reports by month. We also added a very popular FAQ, answering your most asked questions. Behind the scenes a variety of performance and security enhancements were made as well.

While total reported incidents were essentially unchanged 2014 to 2015 (74/77), in 2016 we recorded a 17% increase (77/90).

Both violent crimes (assault, piracy, robbery) and nonviolent crimes (burglary, theft, vandalism) showed similar increases. We received our first reports from Cuba (2) and for the first time, no reports from Venezuela – both likely a reflection of changing cruising destinations.

Violent crimes were reported in 6 countries in 2015, but increased to 9 countries in 2016. Violence ranged from restraint to serious injuries (including gunshot wounds) and sexual assault (rape), and death. See 2016 HOTspots Violent Reports

In 2016  only three countries accounted for slightly more than 50% of total incidents, vs. 4 countries in 2015.  During 2016 Grenada had 24 reports, St. Lucia 12 and SVG 12. All other countries had 5 or less, with most having only 1 or 2. To review incidents by country for 2016 click here. For 2015 here.

Grenada – Grenada reported not only the largest absolute number of incidents in 2016 but the largest overall increase (+500%). This was driven by a significant increase in the number of thefts/burglaries that occurred in the south coast anchorages. Grenada reported 2 assaults in 2016, up from none in either of the 2 previous years.

St. Lucia – total incidents in St. Lucia increased 33% from 9 to 12 in 2016. Violent incidents (1) were flat, the increase was driven by nonviolent incidents, which not only increased but were more broadly dispersed.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) – The total number of incidents reported in SVG declined in 2016, however, the mix of violent and nonviolent incidents was greatly changed in 2016. Violent crimes increased +500%, and included the region’s only death, and were reported from a variety of locations throughout the SVG island group. SVG violent incidents represent 33% of ALL violent incidents against yachts reported to CSSN for the entire region . Nonviolent reports in SVG actually declined, largely attributable to fewer reports from Canouan, which had the highest number of reports in the region in the prior year (2015).

CSSN First Hand Report
CSSN First Hand Report

First hand reports continued to dominate in 2016, bringing the most complete and best quality information to our community. We all depend on each other to self-report, and there is more to do. Please, help everyone by getting the word out. We have worked hard to make reporting accessible and easy.

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If you are a victim, complete the simple online incident report, or contact KPK during the daily HF broadcast (SSB 8104 kHz at 12:15 UTC). If you hear about an incident, encourage the victims to make a direct first person report to CSSN. Or, make a report yourself (we will work closely with you to get all the facts available). CSSN’s site and data are tools for the cruising community, and we all share responsibility to use them wisely for our mutual safety and security.


CSSN remains an all-volunteer, independent, self funded team. Please encourage your friends to subscribe to (FREE) Alerts!, or follow us on social media, and include CSSN information in your risk assessments & precautions – so you …

Know Before You Go!

We always welcome your feedback and suggestions, simply click the “CONTACT US” link on any page of the website.

Safe Cruising,

Kim White

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