Some of the islands throughout the Caribbean have or has in the past, had some sort of crime involving cruisers. Things from just aggravating cruisers by wanting to help with moorings, theft of dingy and/or motor, stollen items from boat, and in rare incidences violent crimes have occurred. The town of Portsmouth in Dominica, has put in place an organization called the Portsmouth Association of Yacht Security (PAYS). PAYS, is a non-profit organization providing security, mooring and related services to yachts visiting Dominica. When you arrive in Portsmouth you will most likely be greeted by one of the PAYS guys. You will be able to recognize them because their wooden boats have PAYS painted on them. It is safe to use these guys and they are very helpful in showing you where customs is located, where to find fuel and water, location of things in town and they also provide tours of the island. You can hail them on your VHF Channel 16 as you enter the harbor.