Do people feel safer on Bonaire than on St Eustatius or Saba?
In 2021 more Bonaire inhabitants aged 15 and over stated they felt safe than in 2017. Almost 90 percent said they never felt unsafe; this was 81 percent in 2017. Ninety-four percent of inhabitants on St Eustatius and Saba stated that they never felt unsafe.
|St Eustatius *||94||97|
|* No significant difference between 2021 and 2017|
In 2021, almost half (46 percent) of Bonaire inhabitants aged 15 years and over believed there was no crime in their local neighbourhood; 42 percent thought there was little crime, and 2 percent thought there was a lot of crime. The latter was 6 percent in 2017. The inhabitants of St Eustatius and Saba were much more likely to indicate that, in their opinion, there was no crime in their own neighbourhood (87 and 88 percent respectively) compared to the inhabitants of Bonaire.
The inhabitants of Bonaire gave a score of 7.9 for safety in their neighbourhood; this was 7.7 in 2017. The inhabitants of St Eustatius and Saba gave scores of 8.7 and 9.3 respectively; these were unchanged from four years ago.
|Eiland||High crime rate||Low crime rate||No crime||Do not know|
Neighbourhood nuisance has decreased on Bonaire
In 2021, 62 percent of Bonaire inhabitants said that they sometimes encounter nuisance in their local neighbourhood. This is lower than in 2017, when this was almost 70 percent. Traffic-related nuisance was most common: 47 percent of island residents said that this sometimes occurs in their local neighbourhood, mainly due to cars driving too fast. 31 percent of inhabitants said that physical degradation, such as animal faeces, rubbish on the street or vandalised street furniture, is sometimes encountered in their neighbourhood. 21 percent said the same for social nuisance, such as drunk people and groups of youngsters on the streets.
Inhabitants of Saba were more likely to report traffic-related nuisance (80 percent), physical degradation (41 percent) and social nuisance (31 percent) than inhabitants of Bonaire. On St Eustatius, inhabitants were less likely to report traffic-related nuisance (31 percent) and – in particular – social nuisance (7 percent) than people on the other two islands.
|Buurtoverlast||Total local nuisance||Traffic-related nuisance||Physical degradation||Social nuisance|