We live in an era of instant information. With a simple click we can instantly find a recipe for apple pie or learn Babe Ruth’s lifetime batting average. (It was .342)
In certain instances, like finding information about the cruise ship business, it is difficult to obtain accurate data. The global nature of their ownership and the fact that they operate in international waters makes it difficult.
The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has long been the leading legal resource in Florida for people who suffer injuries or loss due to negligence, or are victims of crimes committed aboard a cruise ship. Attorneys at Lazarus and Lazarus are experts in maritime & international law and have the experience to protect the rights of victims and seek compensation for damages in this complex legal arena.
Everyone knows the best medicine is preventive medicine, and that concept of prevention should pertain to crime as well. The website crimedoctor.com has prepared a common sense guide to Cruise Ship Security, and the main topics include:
• Beware of Your Luggage • Cabin Security • Stay in Public Areas • Have a Family Security Plan • Laws May Not Protect You
This is an excellent reference to read and follow if you are going on a cruise – the full text is here. Crime Doctor
Crime statistics for cruise ships are gathered by our own Coast Guard, and are as accurate as possible.
The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) of 2010 prescribes security and safety requirements for most cruise ships that embark and disembark in the United States. The Act mandates that reports of criminal activity be reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Per the Act, the U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for posting via internet portal cruise line reporting statistics provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
U.S. Coast Guard crime reports are available here. US Coast Guard
Five sexual assault cases are quite disturbing, and note that only thefts over $10,000 are reported, so it seems reasonable to assume that many small thefts occur. Vigilance and common sense apply when preventing theft of personal property.
Overall, cruise ships are great places to take a vacation and we never intend to frighten people away from enjoying trips at sea. We are concerned about traveler safety, and this is why we are proud to be a resource for information that will keep passengers safe. Cruise ship owners and operators must make every effort to insure their vessels are safe.