Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Belize: Japanese Tourist Not Only Robbed, But Beaten Unconscious by His Assailant

According to http://www.lovetv.com.bz, Japanese tourist, Agari Shohei, age unknown, was reportedly robbed and rendered unconscious by his assailant on Wednesday (June 25) in Belize City. 

Despite the "cuddly" website name, I would not describe Belize as a "touchy-feely"  destination.

To make matters worse, Shohei was not only robbed on Tigris Street in the city's largest, as if that isn't sufficient insult, but the assailant also knocked the tourist unconscious.

COMMENT: For those of our readers who may be surprised, Belize City as been classified as "High-Threat," by the US Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), for some years now.

I strongly encourage all visitors to Belize to anticipate being victimized unless their personal security awareness is particularly well-honed.

This really should come as no surprise, as the per capita income in Belize City is US$8,800, which in most developed nations is still at the poverty level. 

Although there are countless on-line websites that encourage foreigners to relocate to Belize, knowing the country as well as I do, LIVING there is much, much different than visiting Belize, and not necessarily for the better.