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Safety concern?

Tinton Falls, New...
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Safety concern?

I have been reading a lot about the crime in TCI and was wondering if any of the robberies have occurred in grace bay. We plan on staying/dining along grace bay road and walking to most places.

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Bowling Green...
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1. Re: Safety concern?

Yes, they have happened in that area. Most advise here to be in early if walking.

Edited: 23 February 2018, 08:30
Tinton Falls, New...
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2. Re: Safety concern?

Do you know if it was recently?

Boston, MA
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3. Re: Safety concern?

Depends what you personally consider recent. The most recent crime wave in the Grace Bay area happened in Spring and Summer 2017. Since the hurricanes in the fall, there has not been any significant crime against tourists reported in the Grace Bay area. But, crime has picked up a bit overall since the lull after the hurricanes. The Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force used to report all crime in their Facebook page but stopped due to those reports ending up on here. Magnetic Media reports crime on the island if you choose to research yourself.

Bowling Green...
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4. Re: Safety concern?

Apparently worse last year. A tourist was shot in the very late/early morning hours in Grace Bay last year. It’s difficult to get accurate crime reports and statistics. You can find local news outlets what provide some information. Most crimes happen outside the Grace Bay Area, but they have and do occur there. My family doesn’t plan to walk in the area beyond 8 or 9 pm. Later than that and we will drive. This is the primary reason we decided to rent a car.

Detroit, Michigan
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for Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Grace Bay, Grand Turk
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5. Re: Safety concern?

Overall, the Turks & Caicos are fairly safer than most other Island countries in the Caribbean. Still, caution procedures as you would in any place you are unfamiliar with. Dr. JIm

Edited: 23 February 2018, 09:44
The Bluegrass
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34 reviews
6. Re: Safety concern?

We just returned and felt very safe. We stayed in the tourist traveled areas, left our car unlocked, did not walk around after dark, and locked our doors and closed the windows when we weren't in our villa and at night . That said, I never saw anything of concern, not even broken car window glass. We just used common sense and all was fine.

Washington DC...
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for Turks and Caicos
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27 reviews
7. Re: Safety concern?

Crime has slowed down in GB area, actually almost nonexistent

But

Who knows if and when it can happen? Nature of crime is if you could predict it you could prevent it

In meantime, GB has many dark areas and empty lots. Don’t walk at night. Why walk? To save a few bucks? Then worse case robbed will cost you a lifetime of grief?

Play it safe, have transportation at night. Use room safes. All the things your parents taught you to mitigate your chances

Enjoy feel safe but do your part

Massachusetts
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8. Re: Safety concern?

Stephenie, I think the advice from people who have actually been to TCI is more accurate and knowledgeable. Know your source.

Finger Lakes Wine...
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9. Re: Safety concern?

Returning in a weekish for our 26th time.

If we thought it was dangerous would we be doing so?

Just exercise common sense like you would anywhere.

Mike

Raleigh, NC
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for Turks and Caicos, Providenciales, Grace Bay
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10. Re: Safety concern?

Our most recent visit to Provo was Oct 2017 for 2 weeks. No problems at all! This was our 8th trip to Provo and have felt safe every visit. We rent a car so no walking at night for us.

Just like in the U.S., there are places in the city or town where we all live that you would NEVER walk late at night. Or flash lots of jewelry or cash.

Common sense goes a long way to personal safety.

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