US embassy in Bahamas issues travel warning to Americans as 18 people are murdered ‘in broad daylight’ in January

  • The US Embassy in the Bahamas has issued a security warning and advisory
  • It warned American tourists about rising levels of gang violence and murders
  • As many as 18 murders were reported in January alone in the island nation

The US embassy in the Bahamas has advised Americans visiting the country to be cautious – after nearly 20 people were killed in one month alone.

A safety alert and advisory warning tourists about the rising levels of gang violence and murders has been released by the US Embassy in Nassau.

An increase in violent crime, including burglaries, armed robberies and sexual assaults, has been recorded since the start of 2024 in both tourist and non-tourist areas.

According to officials, 18 murders were reported in the country in January alone, with retaliatory gang violence the primary motive.

Americans have been advised to exercise extreme caution and remain vigilant when staying at short-term vacation properties.

“Killings occurred at all times, including in broad daylight on the streets,” the embassy wrote in a release.

According to officials, Antonio Venus of Greaves Street, Monte Grant was killed Jan. 13 in Tunapuna, one of 18 homicides reported in just one month.

According to officials, Antonio Venus of Greaves Street, Monte Grant was killed Jan. 13 in Tunapuna, one of 18 homicides reported in just one month.

Americans have been advised to exercise extreme caution and remain vigilant when staying at short-term vacation properties

Americans have been advised to exercise extreme caution and remain vigilant when staying at short-term vacation properties

Officials have also asked tourists not to physically resist any robbery attempt and not to answer the front door at any hotel/hostel for unknown people.

The State Department put the Bahamas on its ‘Exercise Increased Caution’ warning list and even asked people to stay away from water tours and sports.

‘Activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated.

‘Watercraft may be poorly maintained, and some operators may not have safety certification. Always review and heed local weather and marine warnings before engaging in water-based activities.

‘Never swim alone, regardless of your age or level of swimming skills. Stay within your fitness and swimming abilities.

‘Be aware of sharks when swimming and participating in water activities as there have been recent fatal and non-fatal incidents involving sharks.’

The State Department put the Bahamas on its 'Exercise Increased Caution' warning list and even asked people to stay away from water tours and sports

The State Department has put the Bahamas on its ‘Exercise Increased Caution’ warning list and even asked people to stay away from water tours and sports

A security alert and advisory warning tourists about rising levels of gang violence and murders has been released by the US Embassy in Nassau (pictured)

A security alert and advisory warning tourists about rising levels of gang violence and murders has been released by the US Embassy in Nassau (pictured)

Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis commented on the advice: ‘We won’t infringe on anyone’s civil liberties, but you will probably be affected by more roadblocks and unannounced police action.

“It may make you late for your appointments, or delay plans you have, but it’s a small price to pay for the collective benefit of making our streets safer, and our lives less blighted by murder and other violent crimes .”

According to local newsDavis has already released a crime plan to the public in response to the rising homicide rate this month.

Last week, video footage emerged of the moment a 30-year-old man was shot dead in the middle of the street.

Officials have also asked tourists not to physically resist any robbery attempt and not to answer the front door at any hotel/hostel for unknown people.

Officials have also asked tourists not to physically resist any robbery attempt and not to answer the front door at any hotel/hostel for unknown people.

According to officialsAntonio Venus of Greaves Street, Monte Grant was killed in Tunapuna on January 13.

Video shows a black Toyota AE100 crash, driven by Venus, crash into the door of a white car and fall into a drain.

As the accident happened, three men quickly got out of the white car with guns in hand and ran towards Venus.

They quickly fired at the car and ran back to their own car before driving away.

Police discovered Venus in the driver’s seat bleeding from gunshot wounds to his torso. He later died of his injuries in a hospital.

Officials have not identified any suspects.