“Kathleen, my husband and I were going to go to your conference in Belize this week but decided not even to consider Belize as our new home because we read about the crime rates there. Any comments on this?”
–T.R., United States
Making a decision about a place based on statistics is a limited approach. Statistics are a funny thing. Can mean all kinds of different things, depending on the presentation, the context, and the interpretation. You could talk yourself out of any place based on statistics about that place you find on the Internet or wherever.
As I write, I’m sitting in a room among the 50+ attendees at this week’s Live and Invest in Belize Conference. All these folks are here to find out for themselves what life in Belize might really be like. That’s the only reliable approach. You’ve got to come see the place. Ask questions of others living here. Look around…walk around. Decide for yourself if the place seems safe.
My opinion? I’ve been spending time in Belize for 25 years. I love it here…and have always felt completely safe and at ease. I’ve traveled from one end of the country to the other, from the beaches to the islands to the rain forest, alone, with friends, with my children (including my daughter when she was 5-years-old). Again, I’ve always felt at ease…and I’ve never had a problem.
I say again: Belize City is a dump. And some neighborhoods in Belize City are not safe. So don’t walk around those neighborhoods. There are unsafe neighborhoods in any city in the world.
Outside Belize City, Belize is one of the safest places in the world. I speak from long personal experience.
I’m sorry, dear reader, that you didn’t come to see for yourself.
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