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The Caribbean Security Index (CSI) is a a tool to assist cruisers in assessing the probability of crime at ports and anchorages throughout the Caribbean. The CSI provides a means of assessing risk in a given area. The index is stated on a numerical scale (1-10) with mitigating factors included.
The index is derived from the examination of the relationship between crime as reported (from a variety of sources), 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 there is no way to foresee specific future incidences 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. CSI recognizes that risk tolerance varies. While crime is never totally avoidable, the probability of being a victim of it can be significantly reduced through knowledge and avoidance. Keep in mind that we use probabilities to measure the risk of weather; favorable and negative. Such probabilities are based on a variety of factors that are considered. THE SAME CAN BE DONE FOR CRIME; in fact it makes perfect sense. Otherwise, your safety is a crapshoot and left largely up to luck or the lack of it. Ratings are for each country on a scale of 1-10 (10 safest) based on the combination of the factors mentioned above. Mitigating factors relate to extraordinary circumstances and observations.
PROBABILITIES are used to measure the risk of bad weather and are based on a review of a variety of factors. The same can be accomplished regarding the probability of encountering crime in a given area. TO NOT DO SO IS TO LEAVE YOUR SAFETY UP TO SHEER LUCK; actually the lack of luck. Don’t bet your safety based on a crapshoot;
use the CSI INDEX to measure it.
A complete list of all countries in the Caribbean is available monthly at www.freecruisingguide.com . Changes in a country’s CSI status are registered as they occur.
CSI relies on keels in the water and feet on the ground to augment its information gathering and understanding of threats to cruisers. You can join CSI’s team of sea roving Caribbean Security Investigators – be the first to report a verifiable crime along your cruising route and we will mail you the official CSI I SPY hat. Send your report by email to me at Catherine@freecruisingguides.com.
Dr. Catherine Hebson
Dr. Hebson holds a PhD in economic geography and regional economics from Rutgers University as well as degrees from Chestnut Hill College and the University of Wyoming. She has undertaken numerous analyses over the past thirty years; she has chaired economic development organizations and taught economics.