Tuesday, May 07, 2013
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.
Turks and Caicos Resort islands edgy after Sarasota tourist arrest. Hoteliers and tourism officials in the Turks and Caicos Islands scrambled Monday to apply triage to a wound that threatened to erode the archipelago’s significant visitor industry. Forums on TripAdvisor.com and Facebook buzzed with talk of cancellations in the wake of a Herald-Tribune story a day earlier about a pair of U.S. tourists who were arrested at Providenciales International Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle a single bullet apiece out of the country. The situation arose after 80-year-old retired Sarasota neurosurgeon Horace Norrell and Cathy Sulledge Davis, the 60-year-old co-owner of a Dallas real estate firm, were detained and charged under recently toughened gun laws aimed at reducing drug trafficking and related violence. The two are scheduled to return to the islands June 7 to learn whether a judge will hold the matter for trial or drop the charges. If the cases proceed and either are found guilty, they could spend up to five years in jail.