A spike in crime has caused the US Government’s Department of State to put its citizens on high alert when travelling to Guyana. In a statement issued the Department has urged its citizens travelling to Guyana to exercise increased caution.

According to the State Department, the increased caution is due to crime. It went on to note that “violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.”

The advisory urged travellers to read its Safety and Security section on the country information page. The State Department further urged travellers to be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs and to be aware of surroundings.

Travellers were also advised against walking or driving at night, physically resisting any robbery attempt, and displaying any signs of wealth, including expensive watches or jewellery.

Travellers were also encouraged to always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.



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