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Caribbean Security Index from FreeCruisingGuides

By Sue Richards last modified Sep 06, 2012 11:22 AM

Published: 2012-09-06 11:22:26
Topics: Piracy & Security
Countries: Anguilla , Antigua & Barbuda , Aruba , Barbados , Belize , Bonaire , British Virgin Islands , Cayman Islands , Colombia , Costa Rica , Cuba , Curacao , Dominica , Dominican Republic , Grenada , Guadeloupe , Guatemala , Haiti , Honduras , Jamaica , Martinique , Mexico , Montserrat , Nicaragua , Panama , Puerto Rico , Saba , St Barts , St Kitts & Nevis , St Lucia , St Martin , St Vincent & the Grenadines , Statia , Trinidad & Tobago , US Virgin Islands , Venezuela

The FreeCruisingGuides team who have developed a number of useful free Caribbean cruising guides over the last few years, have now launched the Caribbean Security Index (CSI), a tool to assist cruisers in assessing the risk from crime at ports of call in the Caribbean.

The index is derived from the examination of the relationship between crime, unemployment, levels of education and literacy. Additional factors include average income, distribution of income, presence of security, infrastructure, and past record and history of crimes in a given area.

While nothing can guarantee future incidents of crime in a given area, the above factors carefully considered over a number of years can provide valuable insight as to what to expect and what to avoid.

Dr. Catherine Hebson, who developed the CSI, comments “Just as cruising boats use weather prognostics, the CSI index provides a sophisticated and reliable way to avoid areas where crime against cruising boats is probable. The index should be part and parcel of the process of determining the proposed routing for any cruising boat. A cruising boat’s best tactic regarding crime is to avoid it!”

The latest 4 month update of the Caribbean Security Index (CSI) is available now at

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