US embassy in Bahamas issues travel warning to Americans as 18 people are murdered ‘in broad daylight’ in January

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  • The US embassy in the Bahamas has released a security warning and advisory
  • It warned American tourists about rising levels of gang violence and homicides 
  • As many as 18 murders have been reported in the island country in January alone

The US embassy in the Bahamas has advised Americans visiting the country to be cautious – after nearly 20 people were killed in one month alone.

A security warning and advisory warning tourists about the rising levels of gang violence and homicides has been released by the US embassy in Nassau. 

According to officials, 18 murders have been reported in the country in January alone, with retaliatory gang violence being the primary motive.

Americans have been advised to exercise extreme caution and remain vigilant when staying at short-term vacation rental properties. 

‘Murders have occurred at all hours including in broad daylight on the streets,’ the embassy wrote in a release

 Americans have been advised to exercise extreme caution and remain vigilant when staying at short-term vacation rental properties

Officials have also asked tourists to not physically resist any robbery attempt and to not answer the front door at any hotel/residence for unknown people. 

The State Department has placed the Bahamas on its ‘Exercise Increased Caution’ warning list and even asked people to stay from water tours and sports. 

‘Activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. 

‘Watercraft may be poorly maintained, and some operators may not have safety certifications. Always review and heed local weather and marine alerts before engaging in water-based activities.

‘Never swim alone, regardless of your age or level of swimming skills. Keep within your fitness and swimming capabilities. 

‘Be mindful of sharks when swimming and engaging in water activities, as there have been recent fatal and non-fatal incidents involving sharks.’

The State Department has placed the Bahamas on its 'Exercise Increased Caution' warning list and even asked people to stay from water tours and sports

The State Department has placed the Bahamas on its ‘Exercise Increased Caution’ warning list and even asked people to stay from water tours and sports

A security warning and advisory warning tourists about the rising levels of gang violence and homicides has been released by the US embassy in Nassau (pictured)

A security warning and advisory warning tourists about the rising levels of gang violence and homicides has been released by the US embassy in Nassau (pictured) 

Officials have also asked tourists to not physically resist any robbery attempt and to not answer the front door at any hotel/residence for unknown people

Officials have also asked tourists to not physically resist any robbery attempt and to not answer the front door at any hotel/residence for unknown people

Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis commented on the advisory: ‘We will not violate anyone’s civil liberties, but you are likely to be impacted by more roadblocks and unannounced police action.

‘This may make you late for your appointments, or delay plans you have, but this is a small price to pay for the collective benefit of having our streets made safer, and our lives less blighted by murder and other violent crimes.’

According to local news, Davis has already introduced a crime plan to the public in response to the soaring murder rate this month. 

  • An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Antonio Venus was murdered in the Bahamas. We can confirm that this incident occurred in Tunapuna and we have since removed all references to the incident from our report. 

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