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Crime Rate - Has It Made You Think About Not Going Jamaica?

Old May 23rd, 2005, 09:20 AM
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Interesting story about JA in the 70's, Robert. I went first in 1988 or so but my husband's family went often in the 70's, primarily because at that time of political upheaval and the associated rioting, many wealthy Jamaicans were willing to rent their fancy villas for very little $ as long as that money was paid to a US bank in US$, as they were not allowed to bring most of their money out of Jamaica at that time. So their family would stay in Jamaica in a villa for an entire summer for what it costs us to stay a week now.

In this decade, there are certainly riots but I'm not aware of drug riots per se, they seem to occur more when policemen shoot someone without cause or gas taxes are raised or it's election time. Even so, these are not aimed at tourists nor do we generally happen upon them, whether we stay in a resort or not.
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Old May 24th, 2005, 05:30 AM
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Not a skeptic, but I just dont beleive Robert's story...
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Old May 24th, 2005, 06:21 AM
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jray; Please be more specific. If it's about the Richmond Inn $28.63 incident, it's true. My wife and I are still laughing about it. We never told my father-in-law, because he and his travel agent friend sent us on our honeymoon at the RI. We didn't tell them about the full-scale riots in Montego Bay, either. Robert
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Old May 24th, 2005, 07:27 AM
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no "bait" intended. What is my point? Nothing sinister I assure you. I love Jamaica and the resorts and beaches and people. I read the Observer every day online and it is sad to read the stories of the wanton murders (just as it is sad to read about the same type of crime in my home town). I was interested in what impact these stories have on people's plans. I am sure the Jamaican tourism industy is as well. In fact just the other day the business leaders, including Butch Stewart, called for a one day shut down of all businesses to protest the government's inability to curtail the crime.

So, no I have no axe to grind nor am I a rabble rouser. I just wanted to see what others thought.
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Old May 25th, 2005, 05:42 AM
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RE: the lockdown I mentioned above here is a link to the story. It is happening today (5/25) all across the country. Very interesting. We can hope it does some good.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/...R_LOCKDOWN.asp
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Old May 25th, 2005, 07:52 AM
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There are just to many beautiful, peaceful, affordable islands to go to, why waste time and money.
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