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How Safe Is Jamaica

QUESTION about: How Safe Is Jamaica

How safe is Jamaica? a few countries has the country on their travel alert list. Why should I visit Jamaica if I'll be confine to the hotel?


ANSWER: by Keisha Stewart, Associate Writer, February 12 2018


It seems you have a Jamaican vacation in mind. So keep it there. It’s still a great idea. Jamaica is still a safe place for visitors to come and you will not have to be confined to your hotel at all. Without a doubt your safety concerns are well founded and the recent developments in Jamaica have been circulating in the international media (and truthfully they have been less than complementary).

But before you think to cancel your plans, let me share some thoughts with you. Yes our data on violent crime is really alarming, yet studies and intelligence from law enforcement suggest that these crimes are largely linked to gang feuds or the lottery scam.

I will say that there are indeed random cases of serious and violent crime. These types of crime call police departments into action on a daily basis across the world. There are muggings in London and pick pocketing in New York daily. The government has employed heightened security measures in sections of the island to help curtail our crime problem and there is evidence that the measures are having a positive impact.

Let me reassure you that the resort areas have been well protected and remain safe. About two weeks ago several visitors from the UK were walking the streets of Montego Bay having a normal vacation and going about their regular business, they told a member of our local media that they were feeling perfectly safe. They also said that were not feeling threatened. They had bright, happy faces. So yes there are places you can about in safety.

You really do not have to remain all cooped up at the hotel. You can still travel all around the island. There are numerous reputable tour operators who provide reliable transportation to and from various attractions right across the country.

So if you are in St. Ann at a hotel and you wish to see the YS Fall or the Appleton Rum Tour or even the Black River Safari in St. Elizabeth you can get it all done. The wide selection of properties where you can vacation is also an advantage.

For example Treasure Beach on the south coast is a rural resort area. It is very safe and it’s also great place to stay if you want to avoid the city. You may search this site for information on properties in this area.

Jamaica is a really small country, yet much of the crime is confined to specific areas and is not as widespread as it seems to residents living in large countries that tend to believe that because we are small and something is happening its happening everywhere.

In spite of the significantly high crime in the country I still live in an area where major crime is virtually none existent at the moment.

So you see friend you can still have your Jamaican vacation…there is still a lot you can do and enjoy.

Regards,
Keisha Stewart, Associate Writer

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