All About Crime on Trinidad

Vacationers can avoid potential crime by taking a few precautions

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Crime on Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago are generally safe places to visit, but crime has become a rising issue in recent years.

Most crimes committed on Trinidad than on Tobago are theft. Vacationers can protect themselves from becoming victims while on vacation by remembering a few safety tips.

  • Theft can happen anywhere and any time.
  • Travelers should not travel alone on deserted beaches and streets.
  • Protect your belongings by storing valuables in safes, if available at your hotel, and by locking your hotel room doors when you leave.
  • Always make sure you lock all doors when you park your rental vehicle.
  • If your passport, birth certificate, or driver's license are stolen while you are on either island, immediately contact the local consulate or embassy office.

Drugs are not tolerated on the island, and vacationers should be aware that even a small amount of marijuana can lead to serious jail time.

One of the more serious concerns facing Trinidad and Tobago is the rise in gang related activity.  This has become such an issue that the islands declared a state of emergency, which allowed the government to impose a curfew, which helped police officers to weed out criminal activity.

Gang violence is generally focused on rival gang members, and tourists have little to worry about.  Still, before your vacation it is wise to check with the U.S. Department of State for important travel warnings and updates relating to criminal activity.  You can visit their web site at

The islands of Trinidad and Tobago are beautiful and exciting places to vacation. Travelers can make the most of their time here by taking a few safety precautions to ensure a safe and unforgettable vacation.


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