Warning Issued to US Citizens Traveling to the Bahamas

Officials say the majority of crimes committed occur on the islands of New Providence and Grand Bahama, home to the city of Freeport.

The State Department offers the following advice and statements to those who still wish to travel there.

Recreational excursions are not recommended because watercrafts are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas. The Jet-ski operators also cause concern over the growing number of sexual assaults documented against tourist.

Below is a recommended "Traveler's Checklist."

*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.

* If you are a U.S. citizen who travels abroad, always have a contingency plan for emergency and medical situations.

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