U.S. State Department Issues New Crime Warning for the Bahamas

The United Stated State Department issued a new crime warning for the Bahamas. You can read the new warning issued on January 10, 2018 here. The crime warning states, in part: Exercise increased caution in The Bahamas due to crime. Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault is common, even during daylight hours and in tourist areas. U.S. government personnel are not permitted to visit the Sand Trap area in Nassau due to crime. Jet-ski operators are known to commit sexual assaults against tourists, including minors. As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands. The warning refers to the U.S. State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) whose 2017 Report for the Bahamas characterizes crime in that country as "critical."  The OSAC report states that the majority of reported violent crimes were against local Bahamians and mostly occurred in…

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