The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean advises U.S. citizens in Barbados of a recent surge in robberies involving the use of the firearms and high levels of violence. These robberies were directed against local businesses with multiple employees that pay salaries in cash, for example construction sites, bars and convenience stores. Criminals are targeting these establishments on Friday afternoons and evenings when most businesses of this type pay their staff. In all reported cases, the criminals wielded firearms.
A mugging was reported near the KPMG building in Hastings. Multiple assailants violenty attacked pedestrians strolling after dark, then got in a waiting car and drove off. It is not the first mugging of this type in the neighbourhood.
There have also been reports of men posing as maintenance workers to gain access into homes, mostly in the Pine Gardens area (the residential neighbourhood near the U.S. Embassy), as well as reports of groups of men attempting to lure vehicles into stopping then beating and robbing the occupants by pretending to have vehicle troubles or by placing a baby in a car seat by the side of the road.
Although the potential for criminal activity specifically targeting U.S. citizens remains medium to low in this jurisdiction, please take appropriate steps to enhance safety:
- Be especially cautious when going about your routine, especially on Friday afternoons.
- Don’t let workers into your home or onto your property if you are not expecting them, and they MUST have the necessary identification.
- When dining out, try to be seated at a table away from the entrance and the area of the restaurant where the cash is kept. These areas are quickly compromised during robbery attempts. When possible , try to sit facing the entrance. It’s always better to see who is entering the premises before they see you.
- Remember to engage ALL securtiy features installed at your residences.
- Avoid walking down poorly lit roads after dark
- If you are a victim of a crime report the incident immediately.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts, and Barbados Country Specific Information. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens living or travelling in Barbados enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, can be reached during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by telephone at (246) 227-4000; by fax at (246) 431-0179; and by e-mail at BridgetownACS@state.gov. After hours, in case of emergency, a duty officer can be reached by calling the Embassy switchboard at (246) 227-4000 and dialing ext 2210 to speak to the Marine security guard on duty.
- If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate are +(977)(1) 400-7266 and +(977)(1) 400-7269.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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