Jamaican Defense Force moves in to fight extortions, murders, and overall lawlessness, of the country’s most profitable holiday getaway.
As a response to recent violence, including shooting incidents in St James Parish, Montego Bay, a State of Emergency has been declared, and this means higher intensity of law enforcement activities and tourist restrictions in several areas.
In some Montego Bay and Kingston areas, there are high crime levels, including common shootings and gang violence. Even though these incidents are happening usually in inner city neighborhoods, areas such as Spanish Town, August Town, Grant’s Pen, Harbour View, West Kingston, and areas in Montego Bay, such as Mount Salem, Flankers, Norwood, Barrett Town, Glendevon, and Rose Heights, demand a high level of caution and should be avoided.
Furthermore, demonstrations and public incidents are more and more common, and they can easily turn violent and serve as a theft and robbery cover for criminals.
Another problem for tourists is that, in the last couple of years, violence outbreaks have occurred especially on the Kingston and Norman Manley International Airport route in the Mountain View area. There have been reports of tourists who traveled from Norman Manley International Airport to their private accommodations being robbed along the way.
Also, even though there weren’t any recent terrorist acts recorded in Jamaica, this problem cannot be crossed off the danger list because there’s a global threat of terrorist attacks from individuals or groups that are highly motivated by the situation in Syria and Iraq.