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Visitors should be aware that although infrequent, crimes against tourists do occur in Antigua. While the most common is petty theft (pickpockets) it should be noted that more violent crimes such as armed robbery, rape and even murder have been reported. Although an increase in tourist police presence in recent years has helped to deter such offenses it is still wise to employ the usual precautions. Avoid walking alone late at night, especially in the less populated areas of the city such as behind the market and along the outskirts. Be advised that tuk-tuks cease to operate at 9 pm each night so be prepared to spend a little more on taking a taxi between destinations instead ($3).

In addition keep any valuables concealed when possible. Things such as cameras, cell phones and flashy jewelry can make you a target. If you are the victim of a crime, you can call Luis Mich (5978 3586) for assistance. Employed by INGUAT’s Tourist Assistance faction, he is bilingual and is available around the clock. He will accompany you to the police station and will accurately translate your statement before returning you to your hotel.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Antigua: Safety in and around Antigua and Lent in Antigua .

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29 Aug 2009

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