St. Kitts and Nevis are friendly islands for vacationers to visit and there is generally no crime on these island, but travelers should remember a few things to have a safe vacation.
Overall, crime has never been a major concern on St. Kitts or Nevis for tourists, though the few reported against tourists on the islands should not go ignored. As a precaution, travelers should always remain aware of their surroundings and make good decisions while on vacation.
As a general safety precaution, travelers should always use discretion, and remember to lock cars, and hotel and house doors when they are left unattended. It is also advisable that you travel with a minimum amount of valuables and money, in case a robbery does occur. To avoid sexual assault on the islands, it is recommend that travelers don't hang out in dark alleys, and women do not go jogging by themselves on beaches and along secluded roads. Avoid over-drinking, and never accept a drink from a stranger.
Like the United States and many other Caribbean nations, St. Kitts has seen an upswing in gang activity in recent years. As these gangs have increased in popularity, so has the violence that is associated with them. The majority of this crime occurs between rival gang members, however, occasionally tourists fall victim to petty theft or violence as they are caught in the cross hairs. Luckily, due to the increasing worries expressed by members of the tourism industry, St. Kitts is doing its best to change the lure of gang life on the islands.
If you do end up becoming a vicitim of crime while visiting St. Kitts or Nevis, there are several things that you can do. If your passport is stolen or lost, immediately contact local police as well as reporting it to the nearest U.S. Embassy. Embassy authorities can help you understand the justice system of the island and help you to get in contact with an attorney if needed. The emergency contact number on the island is "911."
Though none of these aforementioned issues are serious enough to deter you from a vacation on St. Kitts and Nevis, be sure to check for travel warnings and alerts on the islands before you go. You can find this information at the State Department's travel web site, http://travel.state.gov.
Remaining alert and taking safety precautions while on vacation on St. Kits and Nevis will ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
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