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 Crime Nassau Bahamas100,000. 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

  • Cory Moles

    Thanks for sharing the news that others will not. I want to be well informed when I travel and that requires both the good and the bad.

  • Orlando

    Mr. Walker I wish I had known about your website and the duty you preform to help keep Americans well informed of shady countries like the Bahamas. Unfortunately, my family and I just returned from the Atlantis Hotel, and I mean unfortunately. Not only is the place falling apart, a tourist trap of all sorts, for over priced meals to pre-paid tips without good service. All in all the place stinks, but the safety of this hotel should be put to the question. While we were their, there was a Holland couple who was mugged and robbed while in their room, not only did the police do nothing, but it wasn’t even in the news. I truly believe this country hides the truth of what’s really happening. Again I just want to thank you for the great service you provide

  • Grace Curtis

    Mr. Orlando, the Atlantis is one of the most dishonest hotels in the Bahamas, how do I know, I worked there for 12 years. I was the assistant to the assistant manager from 1999 to 2003.One of the hotels rules, and only the top officials know this, was to keep all negative situations a secret. If someone was robbed, keep it low key, if something was stolen from a room, it wasn’t our responsibility, and try to blame it on the visitors. Even the manager was crooked, half the time was drunk and encouraged employees to drink, telling us ” We have to loosen up, this is the Bahamas”. I don’t drink or smoke and found that to be the last straw and so I left in the begging of 2004. I just want people out there to know you are doing a great job informing the public, I can tell you this country’s only agenda is to get the money the tourist come with, no matter what the risks are.