"A few months ago, Margaret Briggs (anthropologist) did do an informal survey of 50 Corozal town expat residents and found that about 80% had been victims of property crime in the past four years. The crimes ranged from petty thefts of materials to violent home invasions."
Ah yes, that post. Of course, the operative word is INFORMAL. Ms. Briggs is a respected anthropologist and I think she indeed does know a thing or two about statistical analysis. I'd bet she'd be horrified to see that survey quoted as support for an otherwise-unverified claim. I don't know how many expats were living in Corozal Town at the time and, I suspect, neither do you. So neither of us knows if it's a representative sample or not. I do know there are way more expats living in Corozal Town and the surrounding villages now, so that survey is outdated and invalid. The results of a current, properly-done survey of crime victimization in the area would be very interesting and I would not want to guess at the results. And too, that survey was done right around the time MS. Briggs had her own experience with Belizean crime (which I will not discuss out of respect for her privacy). The very fact of that incident might well have skewed the results, in the way the questions were phrased and in the ways they were answered. I'm afraid that survey doesn't rise to the bar of verifiable statistic. Too bad, nice try.
P.S. Were someone to undertake a similar survey of adults in the states, taking in all forms of petty and major crimes, I'd bet the numbers would approach 75% here too.