Monday, December 28, 2009

U.S. EMBASSY ISSUES ALERT ON HOLIDAY SAFETY FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS IN BELIZE



December 24, 2009

The United States Embassy in Belmopan has issued an alert to American citizens in the country on being safe during the Christmas holidays. The message, which was posted on the internet, is prefaced by the report of an armed robbery in Belmopan last week in which over a thousand dollars was stolen and one person injured. 


In the message, the embassy advises U.S. citizens who travel to Belize or are resident in the country that similar incidents may increase during the holiday and high tourist seasons. The advisory asks travelers and residents to exercise caution when they are in unfamiliar areas and encouraged them to be aware of their surroundings, keep valuables in a secure location and to lock doors and windows in their homes, hotel rooms and cars. 


According to the U.S. Embassy advisory, the majority of crimes in Belize are considered "property" crimes which include home/hotel robberies, muggings, and pick-pocketing.  The statement says that while these crimes can happen anywhere, they usually occur in areas where people carry large sums of money such as banks, the airport, hotels and stores and are often carried out by two or more perpetrators. 


With regards to driving, a special note asks American citizens who will be on the move over the Christmas holidays to be extra careful particularly on the Western Highway at three locations as these areas are particularly treacherous because the light-colored pavement becomes slippery and dangerous with just the least bit of moisture. The areas singled out are between miles twenty two and twenty six; between miles thirty one and thirty four and between miles forty and forty two. Incidentally, that same advisory applies to all motorists who will be on the roadways this holiday season. 

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