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Crime on my island

I was going to write this morning about my lovely day on Mullet Bay Beach yesterday and post some nice pictures too.
Unfortunately, my plans have changed. First, I have to write about crime..
I received an email this morning from some frequent visitors to St. Maarten who were robbed at gunpoint last week. They truly had a horrifying experience.
In his own words:

 We were in St Martin last week. ( 16-23 Feb2008 )
 On Monday morning at about 9:30 am we went to Friars Bay beach to head to Happy Bay.
 We have been the a least 20 times over the past four times on the island.
 50 yards from the beach heading up the hill were we attacked by two armed slime bags.
 One had  a 45 caliber gun and the other a huge rock.
 I heard the sound of running behind us and as I turned around the 1st guy slammed  the gun into my wife's head, grabbed her around the throat and started screaming" Give me your wallet Mother Fucker".
I kept saying HEY   HEY  HEY  whats are you doing as I started towards him he tossed my wife to the ground a put the gun to my face.
 My wife started screaming and I looked back to see the second scumbag holding a large rock over his head coming towards me. 
 This guy was psychotic, the look in his eyes was wild.
 After several minutes of back and forth with the one with the gun they ripped open our bags threw stuff everywhere they stole our money ( $50.00 + or -) ,our camera and some other crap.
 To say the least my wife was traumatized beyond words.
 We made our way back to the beach and asked the workers at Friars bay to call the police.

Then I  read today's issue of The Daily Herald.  There is a letter to the Editor there from a Canadian woman who wonders why more is not being done to fight crime. This letter writer makes reference to tourists who were robbed on Pic Paradis last week.
I also see in TDH other references to crime....the library bus was broken in to.....a man was robbed of his wallet at the airport.....
These are only a few crimes reported. I think most of the crimes are not reported, and certainly are not published in the newspapers.

Now Pic Pardis is known as a high crime area. It is desolate up there. And Happy Bay is pretty quiet also. Going over the path from Friars Bay to happy Bay is better done in a group.

And we have been preaching for years to tourists, begging them not to leave anything in their cars. Car break ins are very frequent.
I used to think armed hold ups were quite infrequent, but now I begin to wonder.

I still believe that most people can visit St. Maarten perfectly safely, but I am concerned when I hear more and more reports of crime.
Something is wrong and it needs to be fixed!

Then in the same newspaper this morning I read  that the center for delinquent youth may have to close its doors at the end of the month unless government steps in right away.

So I ask you...what's wrong with that picture??

St. Maarten...both Dutch and French sides..has to start putting more emphasis on crime prevention.
Crime happens to us all. The gardener just had his bicycle stolen last week from our garage, by the way.
Our governments need to wake up and soon!



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Feb. 25th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Crime on our favorite Island....
Barbara, This ia all very scary to me, We are always very careful, as a matter of fact David will not even go into Phillipsburg at night and have to walk the street amd alleys to park and eat. He is a 5th Degree Black belt BUT when 2 large men come after you with a gun and a Large rock, I do not know how much he could really do, I am sure that he would argue that point with me but that is a different subject. That is pretty ballsy that someone would walk into your garage and steal the POOR gardners bike. That really sucks...I remember when I was a kid, I got a new 10 speed when I graduated from 8th grade, some kid from the next neighborhood stole it from the side of my house...WELL they did not know who that they were messing with because I found out who stole it and went after them.(Probably not the smartest thing to do) But I scared the shit out of the kid that stole it and he never messed with me or my family again...Maureen
Feb. 25th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Crime on our favorite Island....
hey Maureen
I hate posting this stuff because it is scary and worrisome.
I bet if 2 large men come after someone who has a Black Belt they would be very very surprised :-)
it's funny though.I am not afraid to go to Philispburg at night at all and walk by myself. I knwo those alleys so well and truly very little happens there..Things have happened there of course but not that often I don't think. Maybe I'm crazy??
you went after the kid who stole your bike? that's funny!
you go, girl! good for you!

Feb. 25th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Gosh, how does someone in the airport get robbed? Is this in daylight? If so aren't there people all around? And being robbed during the day on Orient beach. Who won't see that happening. Gosh I am getting very concerned about our up coming trip. We aren't new to the island either. But really, I want to know how someone gets robbed in the AIRPORT.
Feb. 25th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Crime
The newspaper said only that a Frenchman was robbed of his wallet at the airport and they are investigating.
I am not sure what you are referring to about Orient beach. The people who were robbed at gunpoint were at Happy Bay which is very isolated.
Feb. 26th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: Crime
I was just refering to other things that I have read. I was wondering if this was during the day or night. Or when people post and say, "a man was ropped at orient beach." Do they mean someone left there back pack or whatever unattended came back from the water or bar and their bag was gone or where they just walking along and then approaced by someone. Or "a man was robbed at the airport" do they mean someone left their bag unattended or were they approached. The wording can be so ambiguous. I hate to be a worry wort but I am definately getting nervous.
Feb. 26th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Re: Crime
I just read the report on the other message board about Orient Beach.
I agree that the wording is very ambiguous some times.
I don't know what to tell you. Reading about crime like this would make me nervous too. On the other hand, I still feel safe on the island. I am much more cautious of course.
and I figure the bad guys can get you anywhere. I go to NYC frequently and I know if I am in the wrong place at the wrong time, something can happen. smae thing here, I guess.
Feb. 26th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Re: Crime
I know, your right. Crime happens every where. I wish people would just give a little more detail when posting such events. Would you know anything about staying at the villas is Grand Case? Can't seem to find info. anywhere. I posted on TTOL but no replys. I would like to know if we will be safe. Thank you,(also Barbara)
Feb. 25th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Barbara
I have been in personal contact with the folks who were accosted. Fortunately they escaped with minor injuries (cuts and bruises). It could have been much worse.

Thank you for your fair and honest reporting of both the good and bad from an islanders point of view

Feb. 26th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you, Barbara
Hi Mike
I hate to have to publish crime reports. I want to bury my head in the sand and pretend it isn't happening, but in this case I just couldn't.
I realized it was a legitimate post and needed to be told.
I am so glad they escaped with no serious injuries.
Feb. 27th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
My husband and I are taking our belated honeymoon to Plum Bay this Spring. We just scheduled it today, and now I am frankly terrified of going, not looking forward to it at all. We have never been to St. Martin before. Can you tell me if Plum Bay is a safe or unsafe area?
Feb. 27th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
My husband and I are taking our belated honeymoon to Plum Bay this Spring. We just scheduled it today, and now I am frankly terrified of going, not looking forward to it at all. We have never been to St. Martin before. Can you tell me if Plum Bay is a safe or unsafe area?
Feb. 27th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
I know these things are scary but the truth is that most of our visitors come and have no problems.
Plum Bay is a safe area. it is a quiet area with just a few villas but it is not as deserted as the Happy Bay area .
You should be fine. Make sure though that you do not leave anything in the trunk of your car anywhere. what is more common here is car trunk break ins. violent crime is rare.
come on down..just use common sense.. probably don't bring a lot of expensive jewelery.. don't carry a lot of cash with you..that kind of thing.
I go all over the island and feel perfectly safe.
I just am more cautious than I used to be.
Mar. 10th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
So I constantly look at forums about St Maarten and I see blog after blog about crime and various people complaining and worrying. But what I never see is anybody make constructive suggestions about how to get the government to take the problem more seriously. I never see the names of people to contact, or meetings to attend, or any formal way of getting the police to patrol more often or respond in a quicker manner. I hear people say that it will get better when the Dutch send their military police from the netherlands, and then it kind of happens but not really. I live in Oyster Pond and police presence there is about the same as police presence on the "moon". But it's really no different than many places on the island.

It doesn't matter if you build cruise ship docks, new airports, clean up the traffic, build bridges, or whatever. I don't care how many public works projects are finished. None of it matters if people don't feel safe and are afraid to come to the island. My opinion is that St Maarten/St Martin is right on the cusp of going either way regarding tourism. If they address the problem and enforce the law, then tourists will continue to come. If we have another 2 years like the last 2, and things continue to get worse rather than improve, then St Maarten could very well end up like other islands with tourists confined to All-Inclusives and the whole character of the island changed. There is a "tipping point" and the island may not be so far from it. As you know, the internet speeds up everything today, both good and bad! Everybody knows everything and things seem to happen at the speed of light! Do you have any good, concrete suggestions about how to make it better?
May. 22nd, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Crime in St Maarten
I just read an article from two ladies (Mother and Daughter) that were having lunch at Le Cottage in Gran Case and were attack by 4 men in plain day light.
I love St Maarten and own 6 weeks of timeshare that
I tried to use every year. Will be very painfull that
we can't go there any more. What is the police on both
sides doing to stop this that will hurt the nice and
lovely people on St Maarten.
May. 22nd, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
Crime in St Maarten
I just read an article from two ladies (Mother and Daughter) that were having lunch at Le Cottage in Gran Case and were attack by 4 men in plain day light.
I love St Maarten and own 6 weeks of timeshare that
I tried to use every year. Will be very pain-full that
we can't go there any more. What is the police on both
sides doing to stop this that will hurt the nice and
lovely people on St Maarten.
Nov. 8th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
We al ready know. This story was way over exaggerated. You live on the Island You are not from the Island. I also worry about the crime but making up stories and printing stories that are not 100 percent true you hurting OUR ISLAND.. Help don't make it worse and spread rumers

Mrs. Flanders
French Quarter
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Nov. 8th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Crime
May be Mrs Flanders should ask to the Families of Victor Vanier, Nejumbia Fleming, Clive Lenox and many other victim's families, if crime stories are over exagerated on SXM!...
Oh.. But I am sorry, I forgot that in her views I shouldn't suggest anything, because I am not from the island and only live here for almost 20 years.
Nov. 8th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Crime
Dear Mrs. Flanders
Please do not make a distinction about whether I am living on the island or from the island. I have lived on the island for half my life , am married to a local man, and consider myself from the island. I have just as much love for the island as anyone “bawn” here.
I choose to live here.
That distinction you made just does not hold water any more.
I don't know whether the crime story was over rated or not.
How do you know? were you there?
I do know that crime is out of control on this island
I do not spread rumors and I take offense that you say I do. You do not know me so please don't make those accusations.
I am trying to do something about our crime. what are you doing?
We cannot sweep it under the carpet any more unfortunately.

Nov. 9th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Crime
I do know you and I do know your husband well.. Yes, I was involved and saw what happened. It was 60% percent over exageratted. Helping yes I do alot. BUT putting out lies is not what I call help I call it hurting (OUR ) Island.. I agree we all need to do something. But the people who crime happens to it is shameful but do not make it worse with stories
Nov. 9th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Crime
Mrs. Flanders.
If it was indeed lies, then I had no way of knowing that. the people involved sent an email to me and it was their story.
it was also published in the papers if I remember correctly.
I agree that rumors are never helpful, but i also agree that sweeping things under the carpet does not help "our" island but hurts it.
We have to be open and fight this crime head on.
and you can of course disagree with what I say or do in my blog or elsewhere, but I would appreciate it if you never accuse me again of st. maarten not being my island too.
Nov. 9th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Crime
I agree. What I mean to say is yes, I know everything wonderful you have done to the Island, I know alot you have done. My mistake what I mean to say is not against you. It really hurt me that these people lied so much. I understand anyone can write I just wish more people knew the real facts. A lady named Sunshine who I met there helped me understand. I was so against St Martin, I stopped going. She took me to her job, ( Gendarmeri ( Spelling) I saw alot of truths. I mean no harm just get defensive.
God Bless our Island. I was born there live in New York now. Scarey here then there That i can tell you.

Take Care Barbara next time I see you or your Husband I will introduce myself. I will be home for Christmas

Mrs, Flanders
Apr. 13th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Recent crime on St. Maarten
April 12, 2009

My wife and I returned today from a week on the island. We had our tires slashed and were scammed out of $75 by someone offering to help. By Maho village. Creepy!!
Apr. 14th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
St.Martin Crime
I've been vacationing in St.Martin pretty much every year , and am unfortunately starting to see things deteriorate. Last trip we saw police activity (together with gunshots!)at the point where the road from Gauna Bay intersects the the road into Philipsburg. The trip before we flew back with a woman whose hand had been stabbed in a robbery attempt at Maho Bay. With the new pressure of the recession how bad will things get this year? Can't the local authorities and population step up take care of the situation before the island becomes one big gated community?
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
I was there in 2006 and 2007. The first year was fine but I also think we were ignorant about what was really going on around us.
In 2007 we rented the same beautiful house only to have the bold crooks come into the lower level of the house while we were home.
My son caught them in the act and they pushed him down trying to steal the lap top he was carrying. They got away with camera's, a hard drive and a watch and had the nerve to take it all in one of our suitcases.
This home has gates which we kept locked at all times so they came in from the beach side which is also locked but they found a way around it. I am just grateful my teenage daughter didn't go down there alone, I shudder to think what would have happened as the surf was loud and we never would have heard her.
Our family has decided to never return to this island. So very sad
that such a beautiful place is getting a bad reputation because of these crooks. From what the police told us drugs are a huge problem thus the crime rate keeps rising.
I feel bad for the innocent residents and condo owners.
Jun. 9th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
My friend Leta Cordes and her husband Frank also my friend built a home there. Leta has been missing from the island since Jan. 2008. I called Mr. Stein the police chief (whose number was posted everywhere) with some info that I thought he should know about regarding her loaning 150,000 to one of the "friends" of LC. Did not know if it would have impact but thought he should know incase. He said to me very rudly "how did you get my number?????" "Why are you telling me this???" I knew then I was dealing with someone who did not care. Since this I have read so many horrifing stories!!!!!!! My friend was not the only American to diappear that year. A young fire-fighter from Penn. also and Mr. Stein treated his parents so aweful. Saying he was out doing drugs ect....found two days later near dawn beach I think dead. Rotton curupt police on this island and a lot of it is at US citizens. I for one am not a friend of Leta's who keeps thanking the force (ha) for what they have not done.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Police and local people should do real work, to save the beautiful Island reputation.If same things goes on I am afraid of the future of the people and progress.
Aug. 15th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Why can't the government handle a small island like sxm.. They should learn something from the singaporean govt... Anyways the cops should be reading all these sites...It could help them....Do they have enough resources to protect sxm or are they just not qualified for their jobs?
Aug. 15th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Just Returned...
Our family of 4 just returned from St. Maarten (Aug 12). Like many others, we had our car broken in to on Pic Paradis - no big deal since we had nothing in it. More troublesome is that we had our room broken in to on Simpson Beach and my son's laptop was stolen - we were in the room asleep! We've traveled quite a bit and have never had a problem anywhere we've gone. To have two events over a ten day period is pretty awful.
Mar. 1st, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
i was carjacked this past weekend, as soon as i started my car and van pulled up in front of me so i could not move, 4 guys jumped out of the car and starting hitting me until i got out, i will never come back here!
Mar. 21st, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
pic pardis
Just had our rental car broken into on pic pardis! I had no idea that there have been many incidents lately up there! Should of expected it though, being as its so quiet and secluded up there. Still love St. Maarten though, and will return next year! Maybe not to Pic Pardis, how many pictures do i need from up there anyway!?!
Mar. 29th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
We are about to visit for the first time, I was really looking forward to our holiday, but after reading some of these blogs Iam quite worried about our safety! I just hope & pray that we will fall in love with St Maarten & enjoy every moment, but I will be asking serious questions about where & when to go & see various places. ;0(
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
We were robbed
We rented a villa for 2 weeks past March. During the night, theives entered our home while we slept, stole all our belongings, passports, and our car. The police were quick to respond but told us they would never find the guys...but if they did, they would get a slap on the wrist and be sent on their way. The jails are full...really? After our experience, we met many people who had similar experiences. It appears this is out of hand. Police told us the locals dont want to work...they just want to steal everyone elses stuff. This was our 3rd year vacationing there...we wont be back. Rick & Didi
Jun. 2nd, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
Kevin Duggan Woods
I am Kevins uncle. We received word today that he was killed on your beautiful little island. He had called for help, people hearing this called police. Did they help??? I wonder. Police said they couldn't find anyone even though they could clearly identify that someone was in the bushes. They called the fire department to help. They later found Kevins' body. What did your brave police do??? Did they go into to the bushes to help or did they stay on the sidelines while the police waited for the fire department?? Trust that you island folk have not heard the end of this. If your are truly concerned that your paradise is now become a haven for hoodlums you had better stop talking and take some action and make officials accoutable. Or aren't your visitors worth it. A digusted relative of a victim!!!!
Jun. 2nd, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Kevin Duggan Woods
OMG, I am so sorry. I don't know what to say. There are no words.
What a terrible thing to have happened.
My sympathies to you and your family.
Jul. 28th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Re: Kevin Duggan Woods
How did Kevin die?

Why was he in fear of his relatives Danny and Billy Duggan? They are the salt of the Earth.

Follow the money and find out.
Jan. 22nd, 2011 11:29 am (UTC)
The previous post regarding Kevin Duggan Woods' supposed fear of his relatives makes me want to vomit because it is so obviously made by someone directly connected to the deceased and his family. Why this person felt the need to post his sarcastic opinions and ignorant innuendos on a blog about crime in St. Maartin is beyond my comprehension. This is not the appropriate forum for your unsubstantiated accusations. You should be ashamed of yourself, "Anonymous"--maligning two people without even having the guts to claim the words as your own. Grow some balls and take your allegations somewhere where the people you're accusing can actually defend themselves--don't just anonymously slander their names on some random website where you don't have to substantiate your claims or justify your conclusions. Doing it this way only made you look like a COWARD, and it made your little smart-alack accusations look like they were built on your bitterness instead of legitimate grounds.

Oh, and P.S., if you want to STAY anonymous, you really shouldn't make your identity so obvious, DS. Someone who's also connected to the deceased (and your) family might just happen to come across your libel and see you for the pathetic, two-faced bastard you really are.

Salt of the earth? You're a disgrace. You sicken me.
Aug. 1st, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Bloody hell, was just thinking to go over there. I think that would be a BIG mistake!!
Aug. 29th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
Rented a car from Hertz while on a cruise on the Solstice 8/22/10=8/29/10. Lost 4 beach bags, 4 yellow celebrity cruise towels, favorite Curley 3 Stooges t-shirt, jacket, ipod ear buds, book, and unfortunately 2 passports and driver's license belonging to our companions. All were taken from a locked trunk. Seemed like someone had a key. We were only on the island for a couple of hours. Guess we got off lucky.
Jan. 9th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)

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Jan. 22nd, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Avoiding a car jacking?
Last February when my wife and I visited St Maarten we stayed at Cupecoy Beach Resort and sometimes ate supper at the Westin Hotel on the other side of the island at Dawn Beach. One night at about 9:30 PM we were driving between Phillsburg and the Airport returning from the Westin on the side of a small mountain which had a two lane road, a very small shoulder, and a cliff at the edge of road that went upwards on the left and downwards on the right. Upon rounding a corner on this road the car in front of me slowed and stopped in the lane. The driver exited the car, and a male passenger, a young full grown man departed the car, and he walked right in front of me into the oncoming lane which I had moved to to get around his car. I think he expected me to stop, but I went around him on the left side going about 20 mph sweezing between the edge of the cliff and him; fortunately we were driving a narrow small rental car. I am sure these two guys were up to "no good."
May. 7th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Minister of Justice speaks towards the Police Department
4/2011 Philipsburg: --- Minister of constitutional affairs Roland Duncan is angry with the police on St. Maarten and wants to know what their priorities are. Duncan said crime is killing St. Maarten and the only thing the police officers are concerned about is rent allowances. The Minister said even though he is not the Minister of Justice he has been attending several meetings regarding justice and he is actually pissed off when he saw the Island Chief of Police is asking for more police officers. Duncan said he wants to know what the 120+ officers that presently make up the police force are doing to combat crime on St. Maarten. The Minister said the people are not seeing the police and it's the Soualiga Police that are patrolling the streets of St. Maarten while the officers are sitting in their air conditioned offices and cars. He felt the time has come to take away all cars from these police and have them walk since almost all of the police officers in service have huge bellies because they are not doing anything on the job. "It is beyond my comprehension to see the VKS and Soualiga Police patrolling the streets, I need to know where are the police and what are they doing to reduce crime. So far I only hear them saying they want to know about their rent allowances." The Minister said he would like to know what these officers are doing with their salaries because the only thing they are talking about is more monies, while they don't intend to work for that money, a situation he considers to be very disappointing. The Minister of Constitutional Affairs said each time one speaks to the police they are asking for promotions but he wants to know how that is possible if they are not doing their work. People only get credit for their excellence. He said right now St. Maarten needs a new police organization because the present one stinks from a distance... "the chiefs neither the Indians want to work, yet they are asking for rent allowances and promotions". He said he believes the time has come for them to re assess the police on St. Maarten to see where their commitments are because the island has a major problem with crime and the police does not seem to care. The officers do not want to work with the Dutch Marechausses because they believe everybody wants to take away something from them, but that might be the only solution for the crime and other concerns for St. Maarten. Another concern for Duncan is the unions that are representing the police because he said they have been involving the unions with the constitutional process but yet they do not inform their members.
Angel Deldevert
Jun. 1st, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Our island
I was born in saint-martin and lived there for 18 years, i am now 26 and wanting to go back to my island to get married. As years go by i still read the heralds and i see and more crimes happening every week. My heart goes out to anyone who has to be faced with such terror. I do hope it doesn't affect our island but in the end we all know it does. i hope our new Mayor tries very hard to keep our streets safe and more importantly stops these crimes. Punishments should be feared so people stop doing this, I am also happy to read that so many people are trying to find solutions to stop all of this. I remember when i grew up i use to walk in grand-case alone as a child and never feared anything. I am not having to tell my friends and soon to be husband that we need to stay all together and keep doors locked while visiting the island. I hope we can find a solution. God bless us all.
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