Messages to U.S. Citizens
Increase in Armed Robberies in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI)
March 13, 2013
Within the last few weeks, the Embassy has received increased reports of armed robberies of U.S. citizens in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. In light of this situation, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens living in or visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands to remain cautious and vigilant with regard to their personal safety and security.
In the past few weeks, two armed robberies of U.S. citizens have occurred in the Grace Bay area, and a third in a private residence. Police in Providenciales have informed the Embassy that they are undertaking active preventative measures to avoid further incidents of this type. Armed robbery continues to be the primary criminal threat facing U.S. citizens in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
If you are the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Although the investigation and prosecution of a crime are solely the responsibility of local authorities, consular officers can help you to understand the local criminal justice process and to find an attorney if needed. In the Turks and Caicos Islands, an Embassy Consular Agent can be reached at (649) 232-5713 or via email at SimonsTJ@state.gov.
The U.S. Department of State encourages all U.S. citizens to read its Country Specific Information for the Turks and Caicos Islands or any country to which they are planning a trip at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html, and specifically http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1048.html. Updated information on travel and security in the Turks and Caicos Islands and throughout the Caribbean may also be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States or by calling 1-202-501-4444 outside the United States. The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in the Turks and Caicos Islands is 919 or 911.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Turks and Caicos Islands enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an
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