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You can now load criminal incident reports against yachts in the Caribbean using noforeignland, allowing you to take them with you when you are offline and helping you to stay safe when visiting new places.

About CSSN

The Caribbean Safety and Security Network (CSSN) are a voluntary group of live-aboard sailors. Since 1996, their mission has been to collect and disseminate accurate information about crimes against yachts in the Caribbean, allowing other yachtsmen and their crew to make better informed decisions when visiting places in the region.

You can find out more about the CSSN by visiting their web site.

Showing CSSN reports in noforeignland

To preserve precious bandwidth, the noforeignland app and web site defaults to only showing place and boat markers added by other users. To see more, you must subscribe to an External data provider; in this case CSSN.

The steps required to subscribe are the same for both the web site and the app. A distinct advantage of using the app is that it loads and stores the data for use offline; convenient if you want to take the reports with you when out sailing. In this article, I will use the app to demonstrate setting up a subscription, but the following steps are very similar for the web site.

Step 1 – Get the noforeignland app

If you already use the noforeignland app, then you can skip this step. If you don’t use our app yet, then click here to download it.

Once installed, sign in using the same credentials you use for our web site (Email, Facebook, Google, etc.). If you don’t already have an account on the web site, select the Create account option and follow the on-screen prompts to get set up.

Step 2 – Subscribe to CSSN reports

To open the subscription settings for CSSN do the following:

  1. Open the Settings page (tap the red button on the top-left of the screen and choose Settings).
  2. Under the Map settings section choose External data providers,
  3. Select the CSSN Crime Reports option.

Your screen should now look like this:

About halfway down the screen there is a Subscription switch. Turn the switch on to activate your subscription and dowload the CSSN reports. There’s nothing more you need to do. Whenever a new CSSN incident is reported, it will automatically be added to the map.

When viewing the map you will notice the CSSN report markers (with a skull icon) have been added: red indicates violent crime, and amber indicates non-violent crime.

Tapping a marker will show a preview for the report. Slide the preview up to see the full report details.

In some places, multiple reports are combined under a single marker. For example, Rodney Bay in St Lucia looks something like this, showing multiple incidents for both voilent and non-violent crimes:

Step 3 – Customise your subscription (optional)

You can customize which data you want to subscribe to. For example, if you only want to see reports of Violent crime, then uncheck the box on the subscription page for Non-violent crime. And if you only want to see incidents in the last year, you can adjust this using the slider at the bottom of the screen too:

Top tip: If you want to get an even clearer view, then use Map filters to remove all markers except for external data. When used in combination with the above subscription settings, we can easily see all recorded Violent crime in the last year.

Note that this works even when the app is offline:

Submitting an incident report

If you hear of a crime involving a yacht, then please do your part and let others know by reporting it to CSSN.

All incidents should be reported via the CSSN web site by completing a short form. To make the form easy to find, there is a link to it from the CSSN subscription settings page, and at the bottom of every CSSN incident report in the noforeignland app and web site.

I hope you found this short guide useful. Check out our other NFL How to guides for more useful tips on getting the most out of noforeignland.

By Steve Neal

Steve and his wife Helena have lived aboard their Hallberg Rassy 43 Amalia since 2014 and have sailed extensively in the Mediterranean and more recently the Caribbean, the east coast of the United States and Central America.

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