INTERNATIONAL: Is the Caribbean more dangerous than you realize?

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INTERNATIONAL: Is the Caribbean more dangerous than you realize?

Sandals_Royal_Caribbean_Resort_& _Private_Island_prospective_car_rental_jamaicaYAHOO NEWS – For many, a Caribbean vacation remains the stuff of fantasy — especially as the winter months approach and the prospect of snow and freezing temperatures looms on the horizon. But now, an eyebrow-raising number of crime warnings has some rethinking that fantasy and asking the question, “Is the Caribbean safe?”

We got another such warning this week. The Canadian government updated its security advisory for citizens traveling to Barbados. The advisory notes that while “most visits to Barbados are trouble-free,” there are “incidents of crime, including armed robbery and sexual assault.” Most common are “petty crime and crimes of opportunity.” The warning highlights the potential of being robbed while driving and suggests tourists “keep your car doors locked, windows rolled up, and personal belongings, including handbags, safely stored at traffic lights, where you could be a target for thieves.”

Canada’s updated advisory is the latest in a string of recent headlines highlighting concerns about crime in the region. In September, a Nassau newspaper reported that Carnival Cruise Lines was considering issuing crime warnings to passengers traveling to the Bahamas. And a Saint Lucia venders association official accused local leaders of ignoring the island’s crime problem.

Such headlines — and the increasingly dire warnings about popular destinations such as the Bahamas — might lead one to believe that crime is increasing in the region, a potential concern for the roughly 26 million people who visit Caribbean destinations each year.

“Generally speaking, we have seen a slight increase in crime across the region,” Justin Kersey, regional manager for the Americas at international risk management firm iJET, tells Yahoo Travel. “From Barbados to Trinidad to the Dominican Republic, we have seen a little bit of an uptick.” He says the crime increase stems from a regional economic downturn.

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  1. No more than the U.S. or the U.K. we are just catching up, in fact the criminals are being deported from the U.S.

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  2. If the Vendors Association President statement carries weight and can attract bad publicity because he is an official then what weight can the statements of a leader of Her Majesty's Opposition carry if he said that he had seen a "hit list." What damage can such a statement cause? If you are gonna be logical then be logical all the time don't be when its convenient.

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  3. Well if a man is bulling your little boy or tampering with your little girl, don't report it, just ignore it and say it will hurt them. Idiot!!

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  4. Hope the President of the Vendor Association is proud of the way his words are still hurting us.....

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  5. oh no not Barbados, nothing of that nature happens there... at least that's what the Bajans want us to believe.

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