CSSN News – July 27, 2017 The U.S. Department of State updates warning to U.S. citizens against travel to Venezuela due to social unrest, violent crime, and pervasive food and medicine shortages
NEWS item – June 22, 2017 – SVG officials will not prosecute 3 men (Forde/Hanson/Lewis) charged in the violent assault and robbery aboard a visiting yacht in the Tobago Cays, in May 2016. Sadly, those originally charged but since released, are no strangers to violent crimes against yachts in SVG.
CSSN has been advised by the victims that no prosecution will be advanced against those initially charged in the violent assault/robbery in May 2016. SVG police failed to collect evidence from the scene.
A CSSN records search and additional research of local press articles establish that Forde and Hanson have been involved in serious and violent crimes against yachts in SVG for several years. Forde and Hanson were previously charged in a very similar assault/robbery of a charter yacht in the Tobago Cays in July 2011, which was reported to CSSN and Noonsite (see detailed incident report here). The victims in this case were never informed, and no press mention could be found, related to convictions for this crime, or any of the other crimes alleged at the time against these 2 men.
Further, in August 2012, Forde and others were convicted of theft from an unoccupied charter yacht in the Tobago Cays (incident not reported to CSSN, read local press account here). Forde was sentenced to 9 months for this offense.
CSSN advises anyone who is a victim of serious crime outside their home country to report to local authorities and to concurrently advise and enlist the support of their own consular officials. Beyond facilitating communications, their involvement and familiarity with local officials and processes can lend important oversight and support to efforts that lead to successful conclusion and prosecution.Follow Us Share
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.
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).
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.
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.
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Because of the interest in St. Lucia Incidents, CSSN has prepared a special analysis for St Lucia from our database.
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The St Lucia Cruisers VHF Network controller reports that following the recent spate of break-ins and robberies, within the marina, a Forum was conducted over the VHF Net, 19 January 2015. Several recommendations were made, during that 35 minute broadcast:
These are highlights only see links below for full summary and response from Rodney Bay Marina Management
- Tighten Security at main dock security gate. Require ID, Sign In Out and escort by Captain of Vessel to be visited
- Establish Security Team at MAIN Gate.
- Ban Martinique Ferries from C to G Dock Enclosure. Relocate ferry landing to J dock. Relocate Customs Shack accordingly to be outside IWW.
- Initiate patrols by cruisers within marina in conjunction with but separate from Guardsman Patrols
- Install infra-red powered camera at the west end of the Main Dock, between E and F Docks, such that movement of vessels up and down that waterway can be ACTIVELY monitored.
- Hold general meeting with interested cruisers, Marina Management, Police and Security Contractor to work out upgraded security protocols.
Text of letter to Rodney Bay Marina Management: Click Here
Text of Rodney Bay Marina Management Response: Click Here
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