Alertness pays off for vacationers who take measures to prevent crime while visiting Barbados.
Barbados is a relatively safe place to visit -- in fact, in 2011, Barbados' Bridgetown Port was named the safest port in the Caribbean by the Caribbean Shipping Association. Crime most often is characterized by petty theft and street crime. Incidents of violent crime, including rape, do occur occasionally, so visitors should be especially cautious on the beaches at night. Always secure valuables in a hotel safe when possible and take care to always lock and secure hotel room doors and windows. Barbados is still much safer than most large cities in the United States and Europe, but staying alert and taking proper precautions are always the best way to ensure a safe and secure vacation.
The loss or theft abroad of a passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest embassy or consulate of your home country. If you are the victim of a crime while overseas, in addition to reporting to local police, contact the nearest embassy or consulate for assistance. The embassy/consulate staff can, for example, assist you in finding appropriate medical care in Barbados, contacting family members or friends and explaining how funds could be transferred. Although the investigation and prosecution of the crime is solely the responsibility of local authorities, consular officers can help you understand the local criminal justice process and to find an attorney if needed. Posts in countries that have assistance programs for victims of crime will have useful information.
U.S. citizens can find information on victims of crime at the U.S. Department of State Web site on Help for American Victims of Crime Overseas.
U.S. citizens may also refer to the Department of State's pamphlet, "A Safe Trip Abroad," for tips to ensure a trouble-free journey. The pamphlet is available by mail from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington , D.C. 20402, via the Internet at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/, or through the Bureau of Consular Affairs' home page.
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