High crime rate looms over Caribbean tourism

New Straits Times - - World -

MI­AMI: The Caribbean and its pris­tine beaches may be a tourist mag­net, but life in par­adise comes at a price: the soar­ing vi­o­lent crime rate is higher than in Latin Amer­ica or Africa.

The study, out on Tues­day, by the In­teramer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank is based on a sur­vey of 3,000 crime vic­tims in each of five coun­tries: the Ba­hamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Bar­ba­dos, Ja­maica and Suri­nam.

The re­port said while the non­vi­o­lent crime rate was low, vi­o­lent crime rates “are among the high­est in the world”.

“Nearly one in three said they had lost some­one to vi­o­lence.

“Guns are used about twice as of­ten in rob­bery and thrice as of­ten in as­sault in the Caribbean as com­pared with the global av­er­age,” it said.

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

The re­port stated that al­most half of all crimes go un­re­ported to the po­lice. AFP

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