Not unlike other Americans, crimes of violence are feared most in the Virgin Islands, as well as throughout the rest of the Caribbean. Even a cursory glance of the headlines in The Daily News would convince a “doubting Thomas” among us that our once idyllic community has become an arena of violent crimes and none of us can let our guard down. “Most significant, the crime statistics exclude the largest group of criminals — those who escape detection,” writes sociologist Ian Robinson.

Paradise lost