This Web Extra accompanies a story originally published in the April 2014 issue of PassageMaker magazine. The story describes how economist Catherine Hebson uses crime reports and analysis of underlying cultural, political and economic factors to rate cruiser security at the various islands. Her methods resemble the analytical practices of government intelligence agencies. Each locale is rated for security at marinas and at anchor on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the safest.
Cruise Venezuela? Forget about it. St. Lucia and St. Vincent? Beware. Avoid anchoring out in Guatemala, too. Cuba, on the other hand, “has virtually no crime against yachtsmen.” So writes economist Catherine Hebson in the most recent edition of the Caribbean Security Index, an online resource for cruisers.