CRIME IN ST. LUCIA - IS IT SAFE?
St. Lucia Vacation Safety- Keeping Yourself and Your Valuables Protected
- Overall Safety Risk: Low.
- Pickpocket risk: Low.
- Mugging Risk: Low.
- Scam Risk: Medium.
- Transportation and taxi cab risk: Low
- Natural Disaster Risk: Low.
- Terrorism Risk: Low.
- Risk to Female Travelers: Low.
In short, staying safe in St. Lucia is almost always a matter of keeping your credit card and expensive items safe and out of plain sight.
Your trip should be about enjoying your time in a little slice of paradise, and when you follow these basic safety procedures it can be.
Now that you know how to keep yourself protected, let Janus show you how to make the most of your time on the island!
St. Lucia Overall Safety Risk: Low.
St. Lucia is considered a very safe island, with a minimal crime rate. Most of the island’s crimes are petty thefts.
St. Lucia Pickpocket risk: Low.
While there are pickpockets virtually everywhere there are travelers, exercising a few basic precautions can help you make sure it doesn’t happen to you. Avoid keeping wallets in unprotected pockets and don’t leave cell phones sticking out of your pocket.
St. Lucia Mugging Risk: Low.
Muggings rarely occur in St. Lucia, but they can happen. For this reason, we advise against flashing large amounts of cash and we advise sticking with a group in a well-lit area at night.
St. Lucia Scam Risk: Medium.
Your chances of being taken advantage of while visiting St. Lucia are low/medium. To minimize your risk, avoid giving money to strangers and avoid anyone acting strangely.
St. Lucia Transportation and taxi cab risk: Low
Your risk of anything happening while on public transportation in St. Lucia is low. In any close quarters situation, keep purses and valuables held tight and request taxi fares in advance to keep yourself as safe as possible.
St. Lucia Natural Disaster Risk: Low.
While hurricanes certainly happen in St. Lucia from time to time, the National Weather Service and other weather tracking agencies put out warnings with enough time for people to make changes to plans. While the island does have volcanoes, they are very unlikely to erupt and would not do so without warning.
St. Lucia Terrorism Risk: Low.
In today’s world, terrorism is a real concern. Thankfully, St. Lucia has little to no risk of being the site of a terrorist attack.
St. Lucia Risk to Female Travelers (Traveling Solo): Low.
While females may be more likely to have a scammer or pickpocket attempt to take something (which is unlikely to happen), sexual and violent crimes against females are incredibly rare.
With that in mind, we will look at a few steps you can take to make sure that your vacation is truly a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
Crime in St. Lucia is certainly lower than many parts of the developed world, helping increase its popularity with travelers, but anywhere that you have hurried travelers, you will have petty crime. Things like pickpocketing can happen anywhere in the world, and keeping yourself and your valuables safe while on vacation is important. Here at Islander Villa Escapes by Janus, your safety is our priority.
- When going to the beach, bring along as few valuables as possible and do not leave your possessions (i.e. wallet, cell phone) in plain sight or unattended.
- Do not show off wealth by flashing large amounts of cash or by wearing extravagant jewelry.
- Book things like taxi cabs, flights, and Airbnb villas in advance. All vacation rentals owned by Janus accept credit cards.
- If you are uncertain about a destination or excursion, check out the villa journal. In it, you will find many different options for things to see and do, including many incredible tours offered by Janus!
- If you are the victim of a crime or see something taking place that shouldn’t, call 9-1-1 or 9-9-9. If you need police assistance with a non-emergency, you can call 758-452-2595
- If you lose your passport or other travel documents, contact the nearest embassy from your country right away, as they are essential in helping to recover or replace lost documents.
- Last, if you are from the United States, you will find that the State Department offers a pamphlet called “A Safe Trip Abroad”, which offers many valuable tips.