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Crime in the Caribbean

There’s no escape from crime, period, regardless of your destination. However, in general, crime is an infrequent problem in this region and often the result of travelers taking a vacation from their everyday precautions.

On vacation, use the same common sense you would exhibit at home, especially at night. Don’t bring expensive jewelry. Use safes and safety deposit boxes provided by hotels. Also, don’t leave valuables on the beach while you are in the water—one of the most common scenarios for theft.

Where are the most dangerous destinations? For all our love of the island, Jamaica remains one of the most dangerous destinations in the region although much of the crime is centered in Kingston, a city very few vacationers visit. Property crime is a continuing problem on this island, however, as is drug hassling.

Good advice for your first visit to a destination is to venture out in a guided tour the first time, getting a feel for the safety level of the area. Also, check with your hotel's concierge for advice on exploring on your own.

Safety for Children

Make sure your children know some basic information in case you are separated. Children should know the name of the hotel where you are staying. Also, make sure that very young children know your name, first and last, rather than just Mommy or Daddy.

Also, do not allow your children to travel with personalized backpacks and shirts; when a stranger calls out "Tommy" to a young child after seeing his backpack, it can be much easier to convince the child he's a friend of the family.



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