From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Safety and security – Crime

Most visits are trouble-free, but there have been incidents of violent crime including armed robbery and sexual assaults.

Barbados’ annual Crop Over festival takes place in July and August. During the festival there will be large gatherings of people at events across the island.

You should maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as you would in the UK and make sure your accommodation is secure. This also applies if you are staying on a yacht. Be vigilant at all times. Incidents of petty theft and street crime do occur. Take care when walking alone off the busy main roads and when withdrawing money from ATMs. Avoid isolated areas, including beaches, particularly after dark.

Only use licensed taxis and take particular care at late night street parties, especially during the festival season.

Don’t carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. If possible, leave valuables and travel documents in a safety deposit box or hotel safe. You should check that the hotel safe is securely fixed before using it to store your items.

The local police have advised residents and visitors against wearing visible gold jewellery due to a spate of robberies particularly in Bridgetown and other popular tourist areas.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: http://ift.tt/15IpVvc

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