US issues advisory against Barbados

he United States has slapped a travel advisory on Barbados, warning Americans to be on the alert because of a recent upsurge in robberies involving firearms and a high level of violence.

The Bridgetown-based US embassy has cited robberies against local businesses with multiple employees that pay salaries in cash, including construction sites, bars and convenience stores.

It has also warned that in most cases, criminals were wielding firearms, and that the attacks usually occurred on Fridays when most businesses pay their staff.

The US advisory also highlighted several other incidents, including a recent mugging in the South Coast community of Hastings where multiple assailants violently attacked pedestrians strolling after dark. It also raised concern about reports of men posing as maintenance workers to gain access to homes, mostly in Pine Gardens, St Michael.

Washington also alleged that groups of men were attempting to lure vehicles into stopping by pretending to have car troubles or by placing a baby in a car seat on the roadside and then beating and robbing the vehicles’ occupants.

This latest advisory issued this week comes on the heels of a security alert issued on October 19, which advised Americans to be aware of perpetrators trying to steal valuables from cars in traffic along Pine East-West and Pine North-South Boulevards.

23 Responses to US issues advisory against Barbados

  1. Michelle Stephens
    Michelle Stephens November 11, 2015 at 3:10 am

    what a laugh!!! the usa of all places. haha

    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair November 11, 2015 at 5:27 am

      This has nothing to do with crime in general. Being Barbados is a tourist destination it is their responsibility to inform tourist of the potential dangers. This is done for any tourist destination when there is a significant increase in crime. The UK and Canada has done the same.

      • Hugh Ferguson November 11, 2015 at 9:13 am

        No Maria, I don’t see anything like this on Canada’s “warning on travel to Barbados” website…It is just that Americans are not use to “everyone having guns”.!!!

        • Brimstone November 11, 2015 at 1:24 pm

          @HF,,,, you surely must be asleep….. Most European law enforcers carry guns exposed, so you see them as soon as you enter the airport.
          Also read the US Constitution. The second amendment justifies the right to bear arms.

          • bajanguyster November 11, 2015 at 4:11 pm

            @brimstone and the right to kill black well this aint European this is Barbados

  2. Tony Webster November 11, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Never mind the monumental irony (Obama did say recently, that while some Amurican 80 lives were lost in last nine years, to terrorism, that some 400, 000 were sacrificed to guns/ or on the N.R.A. altar).
    However, doan be too quick to laugh: the customer is always right, and other friendlier Caribbean islands could well have the last laugh….on us!
    These travel advisories…are no joke. The real issue is: what, exactly, are we going to actually GOING TO DO, to fix the problem? A 14 year-old GIRL was yesterday charged with stabbing a school-boy in his neck with a divider or summuch; ; shall we next read of a FOUR year old crunching a friend’s skull wid a biscuit?

    Happy 49th and and an even more glorious 50th!!

  3. Tha Prototype
    Tha Prototype November 11, 2015 at 5:27 am

    People vex cause they did what every country does when crime in another country rises? Lol

  4. Peachesnaddy Brown
    Peachesnaddy Brown November 11, 2015 at 5:29 am

    I ain’t saying what’s on my mind on this cause i don’t have any time to dress sore foot today…..some a unuh fi shut up to

  5. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair November 11, 2015 at 5:38 am

    What should they tell tourists, that all is well and good in Barbados? Canada and the UK has done the same. It is their responsible to warn their citizens of the increase crime in Barbados which has gotten out of control, as we all know. If it were mexico, Cuba or any other tourists destination they would have done the same. Get your heads out of the sand and quit being so defensive about the truth_!

  6. jrsmith November 11, 2015 at 6:51 am

    The Americans of all people , is overseering , the criminal behaviour in Barbados. this is right to happen, we condemn the british for our failure of history, but love being in every way, the hood ,the gangs , the ghetto all this shitty mentality is America, which is loved by our people, we got that crap , so deal with it.

    Why attacking small island like Barbados, to deflect the real issue , the great USA is broke, 22 trillion in debt.

    The great America, with the Klu Klux Klan, still terrorising blacks , and Jews, people are being used as target practice, many states going broke, and still deeply racists. black people after 50 years is worst than they were the past period, still marching , holding hands and singing we shall over come.

  7. Annette November 11, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Those of you whose first inclination is to be offended, remember that Barbados depends on tourism and if tourists stop coming, things on the island will get even worst. Try to do whatever you can to become part of the solution, which will benefit everyone. I’m in the US, but it saddens me every day when I read or hear about the latest crime or violent act there. Some may say, there is crime here also, but this country do not rely on tourism. Please “stop shooting yourself in the foot”.

  8. Maureen Smith November 11, 2015 at 7:43 am

    I spent three years living in Barbados (1997 -2000), during which time I was amazed to see employees running up and down the island either paying or collecting money on behalf of employers. Wages were paid in cash by employers to employees and suggestions that the practice should be abandoned in favour of bank transfers were met with, “Wunna does come bout hey and wahn tell we wuh to do” – words to that effect and I stand to be corrected on any misspellings. Although banks are not foolproof when it comes to criminal acts, safety of people come first for me every time. As I see it, Maria Leclair’s final sentence is SPOT ON! If you pretend that the sore on your foot isn’t a sore, it is likely to turn to gangrene which, if left untreated the limb will be eventually amputated. There may be time yet for Barbados to take action with regards to increased crime (which is never good for anywhere in the world that is heavily dependent on tourism), as otherwise those recently increased JetBlue flights from the US of A may just bypass the island. Whether we like it or not, the US, Canada and the UK have the ability to determine the number of visitors that set foot in the Caribbean every year.

  9. Phyllis wallace November 11, 2015 at 7:56 am

    First of all,I’m glad most Barbadians don’t have this attitude and resentment against Americans . I’m a Bajan American. Keeping people informed is what every country does. When the killing in Aruba against an American girl ,and all the drug cartel was a hot topic, no, I was not going to plan a trip there. I’m here in Barbados right now for a two week holiday, and I use my common sense on keeping myself as safe as I can as I would in other major U.S. City. I cant imagine that the people of Barbados are not doing the same as well . In my opinion a lot of this crime is drug related and it can only get worse. You cannot disagree with the the fact that crime has esclated here in Barbados.

  10. BOBO THE SAME CLOWN November 11, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Well said Leclair if common sense was as common as it suggest,then the authorities in Barbados would increase patrols in areas that are more than likely to have predators . A fairly constant Police or Defense Force patrol through some areas would surely help to eliminate some of the crime that is giving Barbados a black eye at the moment .There are too many lawless young people looking not to be productive but to be destructive.
    Crime should be presented as it is, Crime, and not soft soaped by anyone .

  11. jrsmith November 11, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Bajans and the complete region, want to behave and carry the same attitudes as the ,hood, the ghettos , drugs and guns , we have all of it, monkey , see, monkey do, so bajans deal with it.
    this was always pending.more will come.

    Just shows the deceit by bajans, if that was the UK government ,bajans would have gone crazy, wanting to pull don nelson. But blame this problem on our politicians, what the hell have they done regarding crime in Barbados, since they took office. crime has increased. everything is worst, but things in Barbados will never change for the better, as far as crime is concern, because lots of people is above the law. And is

  12. Gayle Seale November 11, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Crime is rising on the island. For the first time in 20 year on the island we put wrought iron on our windows and doors. I make a point of never wearing jewelery in town. I keep my car doors locked and my purse under the seat. Some people are keeping robbery money in their house in case they get robbed. This is not the same barbados of years ago. I advise my friends to be more cautious. These warnings are serious and needed. No point sugar coating the safety issues on the island. All embassies are responsible for warning their people of potential danger. This is the right thing to do. Our government should be the ones interested in putting an end to these crimes before they escalate into bigger issues.

  13. Observer November 11, 2015 at 10:17 am

    It’s a damn shame some you people don’t realize how serious this matter is, yes the USA have it problems, but tourism is not one of they main industries,in reality the amount of crime going on in barbados these days is redicoulous and it’s not hurting no one else but the innocent law abiding citizens and working people of barbados such as the hotel industry, taxi industry, business on the island etc,crime don’t pay it hurts in more ways than one

  14. RC November 11, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Maybe if the overseas owned local newsoaoer would stop highlighting crime on their front and also multiple inside pages the World would be less inclined to target this Country with its very low Crime rate and very effective Police Force.

  15. Brimstone November 11, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    This is a no-brainer…… with all the sentiment expressed, it would be interesting for the USA to remove it’s embassy, discontinue issuing visas to Barbados (as is their right), and black list the country as a clear and present danger to US Citizens and all would be well.
    Bajans need to understand the vacation cost to Americans is less for travels to Belize and many othe English speaking destinations. Comments on racism are totally unnecessary, because most Europeans find it necessary to hire security when visiing African countries.
    Finally, the might of US resources and its ability to influence the global market place leave little room for Barbados to pose it a serious challenge. The challenge lies in Barbados, can its people get its systems, structure, both financially and politically, re-calibrated to resolve the grave issues plaguing the nation ??????
    Look in and stop blaming out ………..

  16. bajanguyster November 11, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    shame on you USA
    cleaning your home before you tell someone about theirs.well well

  17. Bernard November 11, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Let us all realize that crime and violent crime in Barbados is on the increase. We can be hostile towards the USA or UK for issuing what ever bulletin(s) they see as significant the protect their citizens. America operates in its own interest and their primary position is to protect the American citizen, What has been done in Barbados to seriously protect the citizens of Barbados from this wave of gun violence. I have heard of events in which some young people attend these events and show off the type of weapons their either rent or own.

    My problem is that I cannot recall any of the administrators of this state taking any serious action to address the guns and by extension this wave of violence. Some talk of studies to be done and urging the church to get involve. Are these approaches that are relevant at this time? What if tomorrow a tourist from the USA or UK is murdered? Are we going to get serious after realizing that our fragile economy will decline further beyond the anticipated 1% growth?

    I suggest the following:
    1. Begin police random searches at all events;
    2. Have police and defence force personnel patrol communities where there are issues of violence;
    3. Organize town hall meetings to address the youth throughout Barbados to address the issue of violence crime
    4. Increase police night patrols and pay police overtime, given the shortage in personnel in the police force;
    5. Impose serious punishment (fines and jail time) for possession of a gun

    Let us all do something to solve this problem before our economy is wrecked beyond the point of recovery. Politicians please take the lead.

  18. Alex 3 November 14, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    This will kill the tourism business faster than any category 5 hurricane.

  19. LuvBarbados December 11, 2015 at 2:01 am

    I’ve brought my Canadian family to Barbados 1984 to 2000. Now I have paid for a family reunion in Barbados for all the grown kids and their partners and a grand daughter. It has cost me most of my retirement savings to do that because of the weakened dollar.
    All these comments are scaring me and deeply sadden me.


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