TURKS AND CAICOS GOVERNOR RESPONDS TO US TRAVEL ADVISORY

Turks and Caicos governor responds to US travel advisory
Published on March 14, 2013

By Caribbean News Now contributor

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — Governor Ric Todd has responded to the security message for US citizens issued by the US Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas, on Wednesday, entitled “Increase in armed robberies in the Turks and Caicos Islands”.

“The Turks and Caicos Islands benefits from one of the lowest levels of crimes anywhere in the Caribbean. That said, there have been a very few serious incidents in recent weeks involving US citizens, and that is why they have issued this notice to their citizens,” Todd said.

He added that he has reminded the US authorities of the low level of crime in the territory.

“We must all do what we can to support the sterling efforts of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force in preventing and solving all crimes. Indeed, they only recently reported on falling crime levels here in TCI. We can all do our part by reporting suspicious behaviour, highlighting any concerns and using Crimestoppers also,” Todd said.

Current UK travel advice for citizens travelling to the Turks and Caicos can be found here.

The TCI ministry of tourism also reiterated that the safety and security of visitors to the territory remains paramount.

“Although the Turks and Caicos continues to be one of the safest countries in the region, if not the world, we would like to encourage all persons to be vigilant. We are sparing no efforts to bring those responsible for committing these recent isolated acts to justice. Our residents and visitors should continue to enjoy all of the attributes of our Islands. We will not be intimidated by these cowards,” the ministry said in a statement.

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