NASSAU, Bahamas, Tuesday May 21, 2013 – The United States is urging nationals travelling to The Bahamas to be wary of the crime situation in the country after a US citizen was shot and killed during an armed robbery earlier this month.
The US Embassy said that so far 40 people had been murdered in The Bahamas since the start of the year and has cautioned US citizens “residing in and travelling to The Bahamas, to be aware of their surroundings and remain on heightened alert to avoid being a victim of crime”.
It said that “armed robbery remains a major threat facing US citizens in The Bahamas” and that since the start of the year “a number of US citizens have fallen victim to armed robbery with some having been seriously injured in the commission of these crimes”.
It said the local police have warned of the increased number of armed robberies in the capital, quoting the police as indicating that for January 1 to April 15 “there have been 328 armed robberies, 111 robberies, and 660 house break-ins.
“Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security,” the Embassy said, adding “we strongly recommend that US citizens travelling to or residing in The Bahamas enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveller Enrollment Programme (STEP).