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Travel Warning Issued for Bahamas After Spike in Murders



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The U.S. State Department has elevated its advisory level for travelers to the Bahamas to “increased caution,” as the nation’s capital has recorded an increase in murders this year.
The U.S. Embassy in Nassau has expressed concern about the potential victimization of Americans by gang violence in the capital. The advisory mentions that 18 murders have been recorded in Nassau this year.
“Murders have occurred at all hours, including in broad daylight on the streets,” the embassy said in its alert. “Retaliatory gang violence has been the primary motive in 2024 murders.”
The State Department is urging travelers to exercise caution, especially in Nassau, adding caution is recommended when being out at night anywhere in the Bahamas. Travelers should keep a low profile, be aware of their surroundings, and avoid resisting if confronted by robbers.
The State Department also added that short-term vacation rentals are noted to often lack the private security that is present at hotels. Tourists are warned that Nassau’s gang crime is not fenced out of areas frequented by tourists.
The advisory emphasizes that violent crimes, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assaults, occur in both tourist and non-tourist areas.
Travelers need to stay informed about travel advisories and take necessary precautions when visiting areas with elevated security concerns. Travelers are encouraged to follow the guidance provided by local authorities and the U.S. government to ensure their safety.