78.5 F
Charlotte Amalie
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
HomeNewsArchivesALL TOURISTS EVERYWHERE WANT TO FEEL SAFE

ALL TOURISTS EVERYWHERE WANT TO FEEL SAFE

Dear Source,
To the reader from Detroit, MI. Your first sentence said it all, "There is no difference between crime in Maryland and crime in the Virgin Islands: Crime is Crime". But then you wrote,(1) "Maryland does not sell itself primarily as a tourist destination". Should I infer then that visitors to Maryland should expect to encounter crime because it’s not just a tourist destination? And, (2)"they(tourists) want to know that they will be
safe, period."
HELLO!
Sir, St. Croix is not just a tourist destination. It’s home to over 60,000 people, many of whom spend thousands of dollars every year traveling to "tourist destinations" like Ocean City MD, Orlando Florida, Niagara Falls NY, Atlantic City NJ, Reno NV, Virginia Beach, etc. As tourists, they would all like to feel "safe".
I’ve been to the Hawaiian Islands, Canada, Alaska, and Europe. None of these places were free of crime (nor did I expect them to be.)Yet, tourists worldwide continue to visit.
We Virgin Islanders are no less concerned about safety, whether at home or abroad, than the tourists who visit our shores each year.
Unfortunately, neither the V.I Government/Police Dept. or the warm and hospitable people of the Virgin Islands can give you a "guarantee of safety," and I know of no other government that can.
So my advice to you, reader from Detroit, MI, is simply this: visit our beautiful island, enjoy our hospitality and everything we have to offer but, take your head out of the sand and be realistic. Use the same safety precautions you would employ when traveling anywhere else in the world.
Marlene L. Iveans
Columbia, MD

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.

STAY CONNECTED

20,771FansLike
4,722FollowersFollow

FROM FACEBOOK

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Load more
Dear Source,
To the reader from Detroit, MI. Your first sentence said it all, "There is no difference between crime in Maryland and crime in the Virgin Islands: Crime is Crime". But then you wrote,(1) "Maryland does not sell itself primarily as a tourist destination". Should I infer then that visitors to Maryland should expect to encounter crime because it’s not just a tourist destination? And, (2)"they(tourists) want to know that they will be
safe, period."
HELLO!
Sir, St. Croix is not just a tourist destination. It’s home to over 60,000 people, many of whom spend thousands of dollars every year traveling to "tourist destinations" like Ocean City MD, Orlando Florida, Niagara Falls NY, Atlantic City NJ, Reno NV, Virginia Beach, etc. As tourists, they would all like to feel "safe".
I’ve been to the Hawaiian Islands, Canada, Alaska, and Europe. None of these places were free of crime (nor did I expect them to be.)Yet, tourists worldwide continue to visit.
We Virgin Islanders are no less concerned about safety, whether at home or abroad, than the tourists who visit our shores each year.
Unfortunately, neither the V.I Government/Police Dept. or the warm and hospitable people of the Virgin Islands can give you a "guarantee of safety," and I know of no other government that can.
So my advice to you, reader from Detroit, MI, is simply this: visit our beautiful island, enjoy our hospitality and everything we have to offer but, take your head out of the sand and be realistic. Use the same safety precautions you would employ when traveling anywhere else in the world.
Marlene L. Iveans
Columbia, MD