International

Crime In The Caribbean Is Driving Tourists Away

Photo: Web
Crime In The Caribbean Is Driving Tourists Away

Crime in the Caribbean is driving tourists away – and the violent crime rate there is higher than in Latin America or Africa.

The Interamerican Development Bank – in a report issued this week – says it compiled a study based on a survey of 3,000 crime victims in each of five countries: the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and Suriname, reports AFP.

“While the non-violent crime rate is low, violent crime rates “are among the highest in the world”, the report says.

A leader-story in the Recorder newspaper said: “But behind the happy-go-lucky image, the region also harbours a darker side: violent crime and a tolerance for domestic violence.”

The bank report states that one in three said they had lost someone to violence. Guns are used about twice as often in robbery and three times as often in assault in the Caribbean as compared with the global average.

The average rate “of victimization by assault and threat (6.8 percent) is higher than in any other region, including Latin America (4.7 percent)” or Africa (5.2 percent).

Rising crime rates, especially soaring homicide rates in a country like Jamaica, have long been a leading concern in the region and remain a persistent challenge, the Recorder report added.

Source/Famagusta Gazzette

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

International

More in International

Pacific Threat: 80 Percent of Fish Set to Be Wiped Out

November 17, 2017

Lula to Latin America: We Will ‘Defeat Neoliberalism Again’

November 17, 2017

Cambodia Accuses US of Plotting to Overthrow Government

November 17, 2017

Syrian Army Seizes US, Israeli Arms from ISIL

November 17, 2017

Bush DHS Chief: ‘We Don’t Need a Border Wall’

November 17, 2017

Is a Military Coup against Trump in the Cards?

November 17, 2017

Argentina’s Child Labour Crisis: ‘We All Barely Survive’

November 17, 2017

Mr. May in Paradise? UK PM’s Husband Linked to Corporate Tax Avoidance

November 17, 2017

Declassified Israeli Transcripts Discuss Ethnic Cleansing

November 17, 2017
You Can Advertise Here
"The other side of the news!"
Copyright © 2015 Carib Flame. Follow us on Twitter @caribflame