US travellers advised to stay cautious amidst rising crime in The Bahamas

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The United States has pointed to “retaliatory gang violence” as the predominant catalyst behind the escalating murder rates in The Bahamas, urging its citizens to exercise caution when visiting the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation.

In a recent statement released by the US embassy in Nassau, American citizens were alerted to the concerning fact that 18 murders have already occurred in Nassau since the beginning of 2024.1.24, with incidents transpiring at various hours, even in broad daylight on the city streets.

The advisory implores Americans to exercise extreme caution, particularly in the eastern part of New Providence Island, emphasizing the need for vigilance when walking or driving at night.

Furthermore, American nationals were advised to maintain a low profile and refrain from physically resisting any potential robbery attempts.

This announcement from the US Embassy coincides with Prime Minister Phillip Davis’ address to Parliament on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister revealed his government’s intention to introduce amendments to the Bail Act, ensuring that bail automatically gets revoked for suspects who violate bail conditions.

While acknowledging that bail is a constitutional right, Prime Minister Davis emphasized that it should not be abused, especially when it poses a threat to society and the individual’s safety.

He declared that the persistent cycle of violence and crime has cast a long shadow over the nation for too long, with each act of violence serving as a stark reminder of the urgency to address the issue.

Prime Minister Davis elaborated on his government’s strategy, titled “Crackdown 2024: Building Safer Communities,” which aims to confront the grim realities confronting The Bahamas.

He asserted that the impact of violence is far-reaching, affecting families, dreams, and communities, and emphasized the importance of tackling crime to secure a safer future for all citizens.

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