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Crime in St. Maarten / St. Martin

(Updated Jun 11, 2019)
Crime in St. Maarten / St. Martin

Crime in St. Maarten / St. Martin

St. Maarten / St. Martin is paradise -- not utopia. It, like most other places in the world these days, does have crime, from petty thievery on up.

In SXM, we suggest you behave just as you would anywhere else. Here are our suggestions to keep you safe in SXM:

  • Don't leave valuables in your room, in your car, or at your chair on a beach when you take a walk. In cars, that includes either visible or in the trunk. If we see people put camcorders, pocketbooks, etc., in car trunks, so do bad guys. Carrying large pocketbooks late at night can also invite unwanted attention (very rare, but be cautious anyway).
  • Avoid dimly lit areas at night. For example, if you're going to the Maho area or Casino Royale at night, use the Casino's valet parking. Never park inside the gate of the old Mullet Bay Beach Resort.
  • Avoid Hiking at Pic Paradis. It's a breathtaking area but there have been holdups there over several years and the gendarmerie has done little to stop them. Driving halfway up to take pictures (near the start of the zipline) has not been a problem.
  • Avoid wearing lots of flashy gold jewelry or flashing wads of cash in very public places.
  • If you dine in Philipsburg at night, go with others or use valet parking if available. There are few people in Philipsburg at night.
  • Protect your laptop computer. Use a Kensington lock (with at least four numbers -- three-numbered locks have failed numerous times), and put it where it's not visible (under a sink is a bad idea; pipes leak).

Updated June, 2019

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