Our family of five will be making our first trip to Vieques later this summer. I have to admit that I'm somewhat unnerved with the recent spate of violence on this small island as I read there have been perhaps nine murders so far this year. I also understand the violence to be narco-related and the most likely brush with crime for visitors is petty theft. We won't be flashing cash or jewelry. We will leave our vehicle unlocked and empty at the beach and locked, but empty when in town. We don't plan to stay out late (such as it is) drinking.
We are spending a few nights before and after our trip in Old San Juan and will keep our guard up as well. We've traveled to Mexico many times and to St. John as well and haven't had any problems. My questions for this forum are:
What is the local police presence like?
Is it advisable for the wife and daughter to stay at the villa while the boys and I go on an excursion?
Do villa break-ins take place and does everyone put all valuables (cash, travel docs, etc.) in a safe? Are they generally secure?
What are the do-not-dos recommended by readers of this board?
Again, not freaking out by any means as we are really looking forward to this trip but any responses are welcome.