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safety and security on tobago?

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safety and security on tobago?

hi, i'm trying to plan a vacation to tobago ( jan. '14). the u.s. state dept web site isn't exactly painting a pretty picture of the island. it states a fairly high crime rate, with theift, armed robberry, even rape!! So, how concerned should i be? is it safe? i've vacationed on a good number of carribean islands and havn't seen quite this level of concern/caution for travelers. i will be traveling alone. also, what is the best spot for beaches? thanks, joe

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71. Re: safety and security on tobago?

Yes, of course it has! Very upsetting for all for sure. I have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. James one evening at an event. Sad indeed. But it's all in perspective isn't it. And you're welcome!

" According to the latest statistics Honduras, with 92 murders per 100,000 population, and

Jamaica, with 40.9 murders per year per 100,000 people, are among the nations with the highest murder rates in the world (althought Jamaica's homicide rate has declined somewhat in recent years). Other destinations in the Caribbean region with murder rates significantly higher than the United States include:

U.S. Virgin Islands: 39 murders per 100,000

St. Kitts and Nevis: 38 per 100,000

Guatemala: 38 per 100,000

Colombia: 37 per 100,000

Belize: 30.8 per 100,000

Trinidad and Tobago: 35 per 100,000

Bahamas: 27.4 per 100,000

Puerto Rico (a Commonwealth of the United States): 26 per 100,000

Mexico: 24 per 100,000

Dominican Republic: 25 per 100,000

St. Lucia: 25 per 100,000

St. Vincent and The Grenadines: 22 per 100,000

Panama: 22 per 100,000

Dominica: 22 per 100,000

According to the latest available data, the murder rate in the United States was 4.7 per 100,000 population. Caribbean destinations with murder rates about the same as that in the U.S. (under 10 per 100,000) include Martinique, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Guadeloupe, Haiti, and Turks & Caicos. The rest of the Caribbean nations fall somewhere in the middle (e.g. between 10 and 20 murders per 100,000), according to data from the United Nations.

Hopefully, although I doubt it, we will hear the true story with Mr. James.....not just assumptions or theories. RIP Mr. James.

Edited: 09 April 2014, 14:55
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72. Re: safety and security on tobago?

Apparently these stats include the wickedness of Trinidad. So I guess we're pretty much on par. Do you happen to visit Honduras forums? Just curious. Why such a hate on?

Edited: 09 April 2014, 14:59
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