Roatan is a lovely island visited by many tourists. It is part of Honduras. People often find frightening headlines and governmental warnings about the crime situation in Honduras. It is often cited as one of the most dangerous countries for violent crime in the world.
Roatan and the Bay Islands are physically and socially separated from the mainland, so a generalized summary of crime statistics for Honduras is really not particularly helpful to someone considering visiting the Bay Islands as a tourist.
I would invite folks to make their helpful comments on this thread regarding the safety of tourists on Roatan and the Bay Islands. There will be a variety of opinions, but hopefully the tone will remain positive and helpful and this thread will eventually be saved to the "FAQs" column for future reference.