The Latin America Monitor published an article about the high crime rate in the Bahamas entitled "Business Environment Analysis – Rising Murder Rate Poses Risk To Tourism Sector – JUNE 2014." the publication reports, in part:
". . . rising murder rates in the Bahamas, including some recent killings of foreign tourists, could weigh on the islands’ business environment. If the trend continues unabated, or if there were to be particularly high profile incidents that gained coverage in foreign press, the attractiveness of the Bahamas as a tourist destination could deteriorate, threatening the islands’ medium-term growth outlook.
The Bahamas has seen a rise in murder rates in recent years and several high profile killings of foreign tourists in recent months, trends that present downside risks to the country’s medium-term growth prospects due to its heavy reliance on the tourism industry as a driver of economic activity. The Nassau Guardian reported early this year that the total number of murders in the Bahamas increased to 120 in 2013 from 111 in 2012, an increase in the murder rate from 29.8 to 34.1 per 100,000. Additionally, there have been well-publicised armed robberies and murders of both UK and US citizens in recent months.
Compounding this rise in homicides is that the Bahamas has seen its murder rate increase relative to other Caribbean islands. Whereas the Bahamas reported the fifth highest murder rate in 2010 amongst the countries reviewed by the Nassau Guardian, it has since risen to third highest, behind only Jamaica, where the murder rate was 44.1 per 100,000 in 2013, and St. Kitts and Nevis, which reported a murder rate of 45.5 per 100,000."
The Tribune newspaper in the Bahamas discusses this report in its article "Crime Warning Is Latest Blow." The newspaper says: "A SECOND report in a month by an international agency has warned that ‘rising murder rates,’ specifically recent killings of tourists, in The Bahamas could affect the country’s business environment."
We went on record a long time ago with our opinion that the murder of a cruise passenger could result in the cruise lines avoiding Nassau: "Bahamas One Gunshot Away From Cruise Line Exit."
Image: The Tribune