Jamaica: Crime

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Jamaica Crime

The Jamaican government do stress that people are more likely to be mugged in New York than they are in Jamaica, and resist the emphasis on crime that is associated with the island. That said, crime is an issue in Jamaica, but tends to be confined to certain areas. Most violent crime takes place in areas of Kingston and Montego Bay Mountain View, Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens. Some neighbourhoods are even subject to curfews and police searches. Such events do not tend to affect tourists, although crime can affect tourists in other ways. Theft tends to be the main type tourist crime in Jamaica so reducing your chances of becoming a victim boils down to common sense, as it would anywhere in the world. Public transport is cheap, but do keep your wits about you.

Pay attention to your surroundings when travelling and take extra care after dark, avoiding areas known for high crime rates. Don’t leave valuables unattended or on show, if you can, and care should be taken when carrying expensive equipment, like cameras. Tourists should also be advised that although it is everywhere, marijuana is illegal in Jamaica: many tourists have fallen foul of this and found themselves at the mercy of the Jamaican legal system.