Of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas has the highest crime rate. Most problems occur in Charlotte Amalie, so be particularly careful with valuables. Store them in a hotel safe if possible. Furthermore, don't wander around at night, and make sure to lock car and hotel room doors. Women should avoid going to bars alone after dark in Charlotte Amalie.
Compared to St. Thomas, both St. John and St. Croix are relatively safe. Nonetheless, there is some crime on St. John, although most of it is non-violent petty theft. Don't leave valuables unguarded on beaches, and follow the same safety precautions as you would in any major city. On St. Croix, avoid dark streets and back alleys at night, as muggings occur frequently in these areas. Night driving in isolated areas is not recommended, since car-jackings occur most often at night in such places.
On the British Virgin Islands, crime is virtually non-existent. Tortola reports the most crime, and there are also some reports on Virgin Gorda, with most reports being for non-violent robbery. To stay safe anywhere, follow the safety precautions that you would in any major metropolitan area.
United States citizens can refer to the Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" for ways to ensure a safe journey. This publication and others, such as "Tips for Travelers to the Caribbean," are available by mail from the Superintendent of Documents at the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C., 20402 or via the Bureau of Consular Affairs at www.travel.state.gov.
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