Photo description: A young boy’s looking at policeman walking at the steep streets of Saba

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.

People who never feel unsafe (% of population aged 15 yrs and over)
Nooit onveilig 2021 2017
Bonaire 89 81
St Eustatius * 94 97
Saba* 94 92
* 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.

87% of inhabitants of St Eustatius believe there is no crime in their neighbourhood Buitenvorm Binnenvorm
Perception of neighbourhood crime, 2021 (% of population aged 15 yrs and over)
Eiland High crime rate Low crime rate No crime Do not know
Bonaire 2 42 46 10
St Eustatius 0 8 87 5
Saba 0 9 88 3

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.

Reported neighbourhood nuisances, 2021 (% of population aged 15 yrs and over)
Buurtoverlast Total local nuisance Traffic-related nuisance Physical degradation Social nuisance
Bonaire 62 47 31 21
St Eustatius 48 31 36 7
Saba 84 80 41 31

More data on neighbourhood nuisance (Dutch only)


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