There is no difference between crime in Maryland and crime in the Virgin Islands: Crime is crime.
Unfortunately Maryland does not sell itself primarily as a tourist destination. Most people won't intentionally vacation in crime riddled areas of Maryland, or anywhere else. People don't warm up to spending thousands of dollars for a trip to metro areas of Maryland, especially in dead of winter.
The simple truth is that people are not quick to fly to the Virgin Islands
when news of muggings and armed robberies are filtering back home.
It's about safety.
Simply complaining that prospective tourists are to blame for not understanding that crime is everywhere doesn't make them feel any more comfortable with traveling to the V.I. They want to know they will be safe.
MARYLAND SHOULDN'T BE COMPARED TO THE V.I.
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