Increase in Bahamian Crime Causes US to Warn About Travel

first_imgA protester yells at police officers in riot gear after being forced off the motor way in front of the the Baton Rouge Police Department Headquarters in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, July 9, 2016. Several hundred protesters, including members of the New Black Panther party, blocked the road causing police to close the road and move the crowd with riot police. (AP Photo/Max Becherer) United States authorities has urged its citizens to be vigilant and avoid certain areas in the Bahamas.CrimeNew ProvidenceA Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Bahamas 2017 Crime and Safety report, has classified New Providence, the country’s most populous island, as a “critical” threat location for crime targeting or affecting US Government interests.The report claims that despite a 26 per cent drop in serious crimes in 2016, New Providence has witnessed violent crimes in locations more commonly frequented by US tourists.Grand BahamasGrand Bahama also received a failing grade as the Bureau claims violent crime there had increase and gangs were on the rise.“Gangs are present. There has been targeted gang-related violence, including a drive-by shooting that resulted in one death and two injuries next to Embassy-owned residential properties,” it stated.The report also highlighted that home invasions, theft, and robbery are not confined to a specific part of Grand Bahama.It raised concern that “upsurge in criminal activity has led to incidents that could place innocent bystanders at risk.”It claimed the US Embassy had received “reports of assaults, including sexual assaults, at residences, hotel rooms, casinos, outside hotels, and on cruise ships. In some sexual assault incidents, the victim reportedly had been drugged.Other areas of concern cited in the report include The Sand Trap and inner-city communities referred to as “Over-the-Hill”.Americans were urged to avoid these areas, especially at night.Bahamas police commended The report, was however kind to the Royal Bahamas Police Force, saying it was receptive to reports of crime and it addressed the issues facing tourists seriously.But it also noted that the police response was limited by lack of resources and other issues.“Police have limited emergency vehicles, and streets and houses are generally unmarked, inhibiting responders from locating affected residences. To ensure quick response to a residence, victims may have to go to the local police station and provide transportation to the site,” it said.last_img

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