Friday, November 18, 2011

Tourist, 38, Robbed at Knifepoint in Bermuda

A 38-year-old female tourist, nationality unknown, was robbed at knife-point by three young men sometime between 2300 Thursday (November 17) and 0100 (November 18) as she bicycled in the vicinity of Woodlawn Road and Pompano Beach Road, near Southhampton in Bermuda.

The suspects, all in their late teens or early 20s, stole her purse, cash, phone and personal items before escaping. The victim sustained a minor injury which did not require hospital treatment.

COMMENT: As our regular readers will recall, on October 9 I filed a similar posting to the above incident in Bermuda, although that event involved a 51-year-old Canadian tourist who was robbed at roughly 1800 hours.

Travelers are strongly urged against walking or riding a bicycle late at night when alone, as it it common for thieves and robbers to walk the islands at night looking for vulnerable targets.

Our readers are cautioned that robbery with the threat of force is on the rise in many island-states in the Caribbean, including Barbados, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, etc.

Visitors are reminded not to carry their passports with them, but to carry photocopies of the photo pages and the date of entry they entered the island, so as not to lose their passport in the event of loss or theft.

It is strongly suggested that passports be safeguarded in hotel safe deposit boxes. Please remember NOT to use in-room safes.

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