While there are many arguments that state how this sort of thing happens anywhere (and it does) and that we shouldn't let "fear" rule our lives (and we shouldn't), the fact remains that this particular cluster of Islands - St. Vincent and the Grenadines - has, in recent history, been on many cruiser's radars as being a place where crime against boaters is undeniably on the rise. Because of this, these islands have very quickly gotten a reputation as being a place to avoid alltogether which is a definite lose/lose situation for all involved - yet another example of how a few bad apples can spoil the bunch. Unfortunately, the "bunch" we're talking about is the tourism industry that so many of these islanders rely on for their livelihoods and cruisers who will chose to skip this lovely island chain, a true gem of the southern Caribbean, because of these "bad apples". While we have no plans to leave here based on this incident alone, it certainly has us thinking. Yes, we are traveling with a buddy boat, and yes, there is some safety in numbers - but we also have babies on board which makes us even more protective and safety-conscious. I cannot even begin to imagine what we would do if faced with a similar situation, and I hope and pray we never have to. The sad truth is that no one is immune - not us, not anyone - and all we can do is make our own judgement calls based on the information we have and weigh the risks involved.