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CRIME SEEMS HIGH, PROPERTY PRICES SEEM LOW

Dear Source:
I have been seriously working on a move that will bring me to St. Croix as a small business owner and resident. During my research, which includes a daily review of the Source, I have noticed a very high ratio of bad to good news.
Yes, crime and the myriad of other "problems" encountered by St. Croix happen everywhere, but these issues seem to be very disproportionate for a place as small as St. Croix. Ten homicides a year would be a Godsend in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, but for a community with a population of 60,000, I must say that I am more than a little concerned. Applying a rate of 10 homicides for a population 60,000 to the DFW population, we should have had 700 homicides. DFW had 580 last year, a lower rate than St. Croix!
One of the other things that I have noticed, and by relation a very small indicator, is the number of homes for sale – cheap. On an island as small as St. Croix, one wouldn't expect to see this high a number; it gives the impression of "bailing out."
Moving to "America's Paradise" should be considered a chance of a lifetime, but I now find myself having second thoughts. Can this place be as bad as it is made to look? Is it as run down as it sounds?
I am including my email address with the submission of this letter, allynwalters@msn.com, and am inviting anybody living, or having lived, on St. Croix to contact me with the "real story," as, of course, any real estate agent will tell you how wonderful everything is. . . blah, blah, blah. Thank you.
Allyn Walters
Plano, Texas

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