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BAHAMAS (WTHR) – The U.S. Department of State has issued an “increased caution” travel advisory for the Bahamas due to crime.

According to the Department of State, “Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault, is common, even during the day and in tourist areas.”

The advisory issued February 25 says that majority of crime occurs on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands.

If you decide to travel to the Bahamas, the Bureau of Consular Affairs issued these tips:

  • Exercise caution in the area known as “Over the Hill” (south of Shirley Street) and the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay in Nassau, especially at night.
  • Do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for The Bahamas.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency and medical situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

U.S. government personnel are not permitted to visit the Sand Trap area in Nassau due to crime.

The department also warns tourists of participating in activities involving recreational watercraft, writing “Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists.”

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website here.