Minister of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday dismissed concerns about how two tourist-related-incidents over the weekend may impact The Bahamas’ tourism industry.
“We’re concerned by every crime,” Dames said.
“You know, when a crime takes place someone is impacted. We’re concerned with crimes against Bahamians and visitors alike so we don’t separate. Every crime is a concern for us.”
Asked if there was any concern for whether the incidents would threaten the Bahamian tourism industry, Dames said, “No, they’re incidents. We’re investigating them. …We’re in a much better place today than we were two years ago by far, but after having said that, we have to continue pushing and these are the things that each and every one of us have a vested responsibility to ensure.”
On Sunday, a jewelry store in the Baha Mar resort was robbed by two men who entered the store, broke into several show cases and stole an assortment of watches and jewelry before escaping.
He added: “…You’re not going to prevent all of these things, but what I would say is that the police are looking at that particular matter and I have every confidence that they’ll bring it to a close.”
The minister said the government is beefing up police presence throughout the country.
On Saturday, a visitor was allegedly sexually assaulted on a beach on Paradise Island.
Earlier this year, the United States issued a travel advisory listing The Bahamas as a level two country where tourists should exercise increased caution due to crime.
The advisory notes the occurrence of violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assaults during the day and in tourist areas.
“Although the Family Islands are not crime-free, the vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands,” the advisory said.
It added: “Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists. As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise [Island].”
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