US puts Guyana on Level 2 crime watch list


The US State Department has issued an advisory to American citizens to exercise caution when travelling to Guyana due to an increase in crime.

In the travel advisory which was published on its website, the United States placed Guyana on Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution – as it cited violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder as being “common.”

According to the US State Department, “Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.”

In this advisory, the US stated:

Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.

Be aware of your surroundings.

Avoid walking or driving at night.

Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.

Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewellery.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

Review the Crime and Safety Report for Guyana.

U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

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