There's one more dark, dirty secret that must be spoken aloud in any discussion of crime against cruisers. Fellow sailors, sadly, perpetrate some of it, especially when it comes to stolen dinghies, outboards, and hardware.
At the end of the day, however, it doesn't necessarily matter who's robbing whom. Times change, and the good old days are seemingly gone. Barney Crook of TMM Yacht Charters, who lived in the Caribbean for decades and still works there, notes the changes in attitudes. "Years ago, you didn't have to worry about anything," he says. "Nobody down here locked their doors or their cars, and now they do. It's so-called progress. But it's mostly petty crime, and it shouldn't deter anyone from coming down here and enjoying the islands. You just need to be wise, like anywhere else you'd travel."