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Crime in St. Maarten / St. Martin

(Updated Feb 7, 2017)
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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 or in your car -- either visible or in the trunk. We see people put camcorders, pocketbooks, etc., in their car trunks; if we see it so do bad guys. Valuables should go in the hotel safe.
  • Avoid dimly lit areas at night. For example, if you're going to the Maho area or Casino Royale a 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. We suggest you avoid hiking there. Driving halfway up to take pictures (near the start of the zipline) has not been a problem. 
  • 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 get the gadget track service, which works in SXM. It tracks and reports the exact location of your laptop and sends photographs of who is using it.

Updated February 7, 2017b

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