After reading a few threads about crime I got a little worried since I'm planning a solo trip for late April. I've started trying to wonder whether it's a sane idea in the first place.
Is it better for solo travellers to go during high season or is high-season-end "ok" crime-wise?
At the beach: Since I'll be on my own I'll have to leave my stuff somewhere if I want to go for a swim. Any tips to prevent it from being stolen - like, at Mullet Bay or some other public beach.
Wandering around by car: does a solo driver attract problems. I'll try to travel during the day. . . but still, if I rent a car it'll be to go to Grand Case, Lotterie Farm (which is in the way to Pic Paradise), maybe the zoo, maybe Marigot, etc. . .
Walking around at night to/from the hotel/nightclubs in Maho and or Simpson Bay. I've no idea how safe or unsafe it could be. Nightlife where I'm from starts at around 2:30am up to around 6am - I'm not sure what timings are handled here.
What about ATMs in Maho or Simpson Bay?.
I don't carry much cash and I don't look like someone you'd want to tackle with brute force but then criminals are not stupid and move in groups and are armed - so I'm not sure it makes a difference whether I'm a young guy or a granny.
I live in a 3rd world country and I haven't been mugged except once when i was a kid but I keep hearing (local) stories in the news and I know sometimes criminals from backgrounds of extreme poverty/marginalization will shoot/stab the people they mug "just because" - often when drugs are involved.