On July 12, 2016, the United States Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas issued a security awareness messages to remind U.S. Citizens living or visiting New Providence Island (Nassau) and Paradise Island to be mindful of their surroundings at all times and employ practical personal security awareness when in public and at home to avoid being a victim of crime.
Over the course of the past six months, the U.S. Embassy has received reports of a significant increase in armed robberies throughout New Providence, specifically targeting patrons of ATM machines, parking venues at various retail locations, and armed car-jackings.
The US Embassy is suggests the following for your safety:
- Avoid using ATM machines located in isolated areas and consider using ATM machines located in shopping centers that have security coverage. Use the buddy system when using ATM machines.
- Keep your car doors locked and your windows rolled up as you drive. Keep valuables out of sight in your vehicles when parked (cell phones, laptops, cash, GPS or other valuables).
Although these warnings are not exactly applicant to cruise passengers, they do offer great tips. Click here to read the full text of the warning. To Disney’s credit they have been providing the following warning on the cover of the Personal Navigator:
While you may find many great experiences in Nassau, there have been reports of increased crime, including assaults and robberies involving tourists in the area. As in any large city, you’ll want to take some basic precautions to make the most of your time ashore.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all time, just as you would in your normal daily activities.
- Avoid short cuts, narrow alleys or poorly lit streets. We recommend that guests only visit the downtown shopping areas and other tourist locations.
- Leave valuables in your safe and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Exercise caution when using ATMs. Cameras and handbags should be carried out os sight and secured to your person with a strap.
- Leave air transportation tickets and other travel documents in your room safe. When going ashore, each adult is required to carry a Driver’s license, passport or other government-issued photo ID.
- If traveling by taxi, use only licensed taxi operators.
- In general, use the same level of precaution you would in any tourist destination.
- Most crimes are easier to commit in dark unlit areas. You should stay out of these types of areas and consider retiring to the ship before nightfall. If you stay out at night, please be extra vigilant about your personal safety.
Needless to say, sticking with Disney Cruise Line port adventures is your best bet when going ashore in the Bahamas. If you choose to explore Nassau on your own I would suggest, letting other know of your plans and travel in a group using the buddy system. For the most up to date travel information please visit the US Embassy’s message page for US Citizens.