Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Surging Crime, Including Popular Tourist Destination Montego Bay

 Jamaica Declares State Of Emergency Over Surging Crime, Including Popular Tourist Destination Montego Bay

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Jamaica‘s Prime Minister has declared a public state of emergency in several areas including the popular tourist destination, Montego Bay due to the country’s high surge in criminal activity, per the NY Post

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced during a televised address that Jamaica has been seeing a rise in crime in parts of the capital city Kingston and some central and western parishes, reports reveal.

“We have seen an increase in criminal activities in these areas and a threat to property and in some instances public disorder… What we are seeing with gang activities in these areas is cause for grave concern,”

he said.

With the implementation of the state of emergency, authorities are given the right to search buildings and carry out arrests without warrants. The popular tourist destination, Montego Bay is included on the list of dangerous places. Montego Bay is one of Jamaica’s most commonly visited tourist areas and is home to several prominent hotels including Sandals’ all-inclusive flagship location, Sandals Montego Bay.

According to the outlet, last month, the U.S. State Department put out a travel warning to Americans looking to travel to Jamaica due to the growing crime rate.

“The homicide rate reported by the Government of Jamaica has for several years been among the highest in the Western Hemisphere… Violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides, are common,”

the warning read.

“Sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.”

Holness says he predicts an

“increase in murders”

over the next several weeks with the approaching holiday season.

#Clique, what are your thoughts?

Tatiana Tait

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