Based on FBI crime data, Wichita Falls is not one of the safest communities in America. Any submission must not be here-say and must be backed up by verifiable credible sources (as this one is - see the 4 government advisories for a start). Jamaica recorded 1,301 killings in 2020 and had the region’s highest homicide rate at 46.5 per 100,000 people, according to official data published by the Constabulary Force. Haiti is relatively dangerous due to circumstances for the fact that it is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world. After the last earthquake I stayed few weeks in Port au Prince, in spite of the problems that existed, during the day time I was able to go on my daily shore without any difficulty what so ever, then I returned to southern Florida, then the day after my return, by the early evening I was robbed of my belonging by two young gangsters in a urban section that is call Lauderdale lake, so I thought such happening would had taken place so easily instead in poor Haiti, but not in a rich American city, therefore such bad happening can happen everywhere in the world. This marked a 28 percent drop from 2019’s tally, falling in line with a steady decline in violence in recent years, almost certainly aided in part by a lengthy economic shutdown beginning in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, Prison Director Osiris Luna had approved the transfer of several top MS13 leaders — known as “ranfleros” — in 2019 and 2020 to presumably facilitate these negotiations. Cormier Plage, for example, is a stunning place to stay with great food. Obviously this terrifying experience is one I look forward to forgetting. Without a doubt Haiti finds itself in a position of great poverty brought about, chiefly, by colonialism, slavery, corruption, geography and meteorology. Last year, Bolivia saw President Luis Arce of the Movement to Socialism (Movimiento al Socialismo — MAS) party sworn into office, replacing the interim government of Jeanine Añez that was defined by a state-sanctioned crackdown on the opposition and widespread human rights abuses. One working theory for that: Haiti has a young population and fewer people … Don't expect anything to be cheap--agriculture stopped in the 80s and Haiti imports 70% of its food. And yes, you will have poor Haitians asking you for money, as you would in many poverty-ridden countries around the globe. Yes thousand of people fly to and from Haiti per day and they are still alive and well and they continue to travel there frequently. Hey Dan, Between October and November, a series of assassinations in the canton of Huaquillas were attributed to gang members fighting for control of illegal crossings by which both people and contraband are smuggled. But equally, he’s a savvy and careful traveler with one eye always on his safety. I have spent the last 10 years making trips to Haiti including taking groups there for the last several years.
Among the information we survey and collate was this little gem written in April 2011 about a post-quake visit to Haiti in 2010. That said, Security Minister Michael Soto and Limón public prosecutor Miguel Jiménez told InSight Crime last year that homicides are becoming less tied to organized crime as “[criminal organizations] are learning that violence is bad for business,” which may help explain the steady rates of violence in recent years. It is a typical example of the kind of information we found (before you read it can I invite you to submit your own piece on crime in Haiti... we'd incorporate it into an updated safety piece. There are no "safe" areas (with the exception of Labadee an area leased by a cruise ship company - see our Is Labadee Safe? If is is from the same sources as most Media outlets then i understand. We even visited My friends It is very difficult to tell as an outsider whether or not the Rah-rah is affiliated with a political movement or a drug gang. How can Haiti’a violent parts be less than that of the DR’s, and yet YOU find Haiti less safe than the DR? Gangs in Jamaica and Haiti have reportedly been engaged in a deadly trade where marijuana is exchanged for guns. She came back to America in a body bag. Criminals have been known to watch travelers arriving at the airport, follow them and then attack. Why??????? Three of the country’s most homicidal municipalities with murder rates above 100 — El Callao, Roscio and Sifontes — are all located in the mining region of Bolívar state, which is hotly contested by mining unions, guerrillas from the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional — ELN) and government security forces, according to the OVV. The poverty is crushing and anyone who looks like they have money can be a target. Haiti is relatively expensive to the local inhabitants, as well to foreigners due to a great lack of infrastructure like electricity f 24 hour a day, and a lack of cleaning and potable water, so the hotel owners use generators and they pass the cost to the customers. Yes, Port au Prince is overcrowded and still a mess after the earthquake. Our crime survey is done by 95125 people in 6057 cities. The country’s new president, Luis Abinader, was quick to put police reform at the top of his security priorities after he was sworn in last August. You should be ashamed of yourself for writing this article. You can email me at [email protected] and we can discuss any potential submission. It states that Haiti is very unsafe and violent. Your Background / Function:Corporate / Business Government NGO / ONG / Nonprofit Individual Investor Academic Investment Professional (Broker, Analyst, Fund Manager) Traveler / Interested Individual Journalist. Shame on you for spreading hate and judgement. What kind of fool are you? Political instability and chaos in Haiti. However, last year’s projected total would still be the nation’s third-highest in recent years. Along the Caribbean coast in Izabal, both Puerto Barrios and Puerto Santo Tomás de Castilla play important roles as part of a major overland drug smuggling route that stretches from Honduras to Guatemala’s border with Mexico. We’re still paying a toll because of the independence we got [from France in 1804] in one of the best revolutions the world’s had. Do i dare even write the word "christmas" in front of your eyes, or is that highly offensive for precious eyes to see? Political unrest in the country continued into 2020. On the one hand, President Nayib Bukele has touted his administration’s Territorial Control Plan, which deployed more than 5,000 police and soldiers to gang strongholds in 2019. Most crimes, especially violent crimes, are committed by those ages 20-30. Once again, Brazil saw Latin America’s highest number of total killings in a given country. There is a high level of crime in Haiti. Partial data will be updated as complete figures become available. The 3,496 homicides logged throughout the year represented a homicide rate of 37.6 per 100,000 — or an average of about 10 murders per day, according to the government’s preliminary findings. As a US citizen, I have traveled to Haiti and have found that it is not as dangerous as most people in the US and other countries suggest. "High Crime Areas" = There really are no 'high-crime' areas in Haiti. This article is ill-informed and extremely closed minded. The available data point to a marginal decline from 2019’s total of 2,803 murders and reflect a gradual downward trend in homicides for the country since killings spiked at 3,012 in 2018. I traveled there with a volunteer organization after the earthquake, and even with a large group we needed significant security measures to insure our safety. Firearms were reportedly used in almost 80 percent of the killings. Haitians also don't appreciate white tourists coming there simply to gawk at them--and there are plenty of those. However, prior to Puerto Rico’s first coronavirus curfew in March, total homicides outweighed those recorded a year earlier. None of this is the fault of anyone living there, and there is no suggestion their 'race' has anything to do with the terribly unfortunate circumstances, and as you say the people of Haiti don't deserve it. Where you stay to write this article? I think some of these writers are Haitians trying to get fresh meat over there. How do you stop your bags from being stolen or be tampered with? The saddest thing ever. Mexico has ranked in the top 3 for violent crime > murder rate … The country’s Bagdad crime syndicate struggled to maintain control over increased drug flows and saw associated internal clashes as factions rebelled. It doesnt mean it needs to match up exactly to your personal experience. The traffic snarls to a stop, large group violence occurs at the drop of a hat and there is little sense to any of it. Here are our top safety tips and a number of things you need to know before you go. While the homicide rate in Colombia fell once more in 2020, the Andean nation struggled to confront a number of other security threats. “In Nicaragua, lethal violence continues, is persistent and shows an increasing trend … 19 murders were registered per month in the first six months and the violence is spreading to rural and urban areas,” Cuadra told local media last year. The devastating earthquake in 2010 resulted in the deaths of 150,000 people. The city of Manaus in Brazil’s northern state of Amazonas also saw bloodshed early last year, as a prolonged feud between two drug gangs — the Red Command (Comando Vermelho) and Family of the North (Familia do Norte — FDN) — intensified. Yes, crime is very high, even among so-called "police". There was desperation everywhere. If you see a large crowd gathering, remain calm and leave the area quickly, avoiding confrontations along the way. "Political Stability & Chaos" = The media makes it seem like there is perpetual chaos in Haiti, but if you're actually there, or talk to people who are there, it makes the media seem like a comedy-show. Avoid the high-crime areas of Carrefour, Martissant, Cite Soleil, the Delmas road area, and Petionville. With a good Kreyole speaking guide who has good reviews on FB, you can have a wonderful time. It makes me so angry to read all this megativity and prejudices! Public transport has been the location of numerous stabbings, robberies and kidnappings. I’ve been living in Haiti all my life, the way you’re taking about my country is like if I go out I’ll get kidnapped. Throughout the first six months of 2020, authorities in Argentina recorded 1,044 homicides, a slight drop from the number of killings recorded during that same time in 2019, according to data from Security Minister Sabina Frederic and the National Criminal Intelligence System (Sistema Nacional de Inteligencia Criminal). Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. Numbeo allows you to see, share and compare information about crime levels and types worldwide. You will need a fixer who you pay on a day rate to get you around the city and probably do some translating for you. Yes Haiti is a very poor country but I walked alone all the time, all over the country and always felt safe. I'm sure you've read my previous response above, but in case not: The people are so freakin nice, strong, always down to help anyone. Of course haiti was in a desperate situation. But your main expense there is going to be transportation. But that doesn't change the reality of the current situation. The criminally strategic city of Rosario, the largest in central Sante Fe province along the banks of the Paraná River, saw the highest number of homicides in the last five years. Source tables; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Give Haiti a break! Sadly it IS as bad as "the media" say, and this statement by the Overseas Security Advice Council of the US State Department - based on its own research - is critical of statements that paint an inaccurate picture. This blog post has NOTHING to do with the country I just visited (and, by the way, it was Carnaval season), Next time you want write something about Haiti I strongly encourage you do a little research on Haiti first. Despite the continuing economic, social and political crises unfolding in the country, Venezuela recorded a substantial decrease in homicides in 2020. The state was also deadly for police officers. Despite a welcome decline in murders, Uruguay saw a spate of security issues arise last year. Haitians are trying to leave. Contact me at [email protected] Even if you're not a writer I'd be happy to assist you with the process and we can post your 'blog' here on the Safety Hub. As Amelia has said, we are reviewing all our safety content at the moment and would appreciate a wide variety of submissions which we can review and incorporate. Haiti is a country more than ready to welcome tourists looking for the next travel frontier.”. In one supposed July 2020 confrontation, 12 alleged members of an organized crime group were killed as part of a military operation in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. One July clash between the G9 alliance and a rival gang leader who refused to join left an eight-month-old infant dead. This article is disgraceful! After seeing record homicides each of the last three years, the number of killings documented by authorities in Mexico in 2020 stabilized, although the overall security situation remained tenuous at best. That's fine, because I like my secluded beach paradise away from most tourists. However, Samira Bueno, executive director of the Brazilian Public Security Forum, indicated heightened violence could be considered as part of a broader trend, telling Globo that states with well-structured policies to curb homicides, including Espírito Santo, Paraíba and São Paulo, had also seen increased killings. Until, you have lived in EVERY area in Haiti, just stay quiet. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence. Have you been to Haiti recently, by any chance? She suggested this could be due to the discontinuity of public policies previously adopted to tackle violence. People like you help to keep haiti in poverty. During the first half of the year, 75 percent of murders occurred in the western Ouest department, where “criminality is traditionally more prevalent owing to gangs vying for control over the marginalized neighborhoods of [the capital] Port-au-Prince,” according to the UN. Guayaquil was a hotspot for violence in the country during 2020. Haiti is a dangerous place for one and all. Family in carrefour. They are much better than the police at keeping crime at an absolute minimum. In September, the state recorded its lowest monthly homicide rate in over three decades, according to official data from its Public Security Institute (Instituto de Segurança Pública — ISP). Now, Arce will be tasked with re-orienting the country’s drug policy and thwarting the international drug trade. “There are also 93 municipalities where no homicides were registered, although special attention must be paid to the 18 municipalities that concentrate half of the homicidal violence.”. While it is true that the rate of kidnapping has declined since it reached a peak in 2006, it's still high. This article is complete crap and seems to be based on language from State Department travel warnings, though even those warnings, which are often over-hyped, admit that crime is far less frequent outside of Port au Prince. There are other places to visit! This country is projected to close the year with at least 228 homicides and a murder rate of 3.5 per 100,000. The 'infamous' Cite Soleil is much, much less dangerous than any major American city. Swissmiss, glad to see you took our number 1 tip for staying safe and got yourself a guide with local knowledge (your friend with family in Haiti). According to the OSAC 2017 Crime and Safety Report for Barbados and Grenada, in 2016, Barbados had 1,605 drug-related crimes, 1,029 residential burglaries, and 105 vehicle thefts. The nation almost collapsed under the weight of the tragedy. Get a life and stop looking for reasons to complain. Haiti is one of the safest places I can possibly imagine. There may well be other Caribbean places far worse than Haiti - and I promise you we do so say so - but "there are other places that are worse" is no argument for not issuing warnings about threats to travelers. Face it!!! "Public Transport Risk" = The 'tap-taps' are only dangerous because of car accidents, which is a risk everywhere in the world. Haiti is one of the safest country in the Caribbean. Brazil has had the highest violent crime > murder rate since 2004. Authorities in Haiti recorded 616 homicides through the end of May, according to data from the United Nations Security Council, putting the country on pace to record 1,478 homicides by the end of the year for a homicide rate of 13 per 100,000. Haiti has been great for some and a nightmare for others. This marked a slight increase from 2019’s total of 480. We were praying throughout it, and I started saying, "Jesus! The 73 former FARC rebels murdered in 2020, according to data from the United Nations’ Verification Mission in Colombia, accounted for almost 30 percent of the 248 former fighters that have been murdered since a historic peace agreement was signed with the government in 2016. Around one-third of such attacks were linked to violent robberies, some of which led to officers’ firearms being stolen for potential resale in Brazil or domestic use by gangs. However, the nation was also met with other violent trends. Just being honest! But while murders across the board are down, the targeted violence levied against social leaders and former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia — FARC) has not ceased. Haiti maintains an embassy in the United States at 2311 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. I came back from a week long trip to Haiti (Jacmel and Port au Prince) last Saturday. While important to acknowledge the drop in killings recorded in 2020, the OVV warned that a violence epidemic continues to plague every single state, as well as the capital district of Caracas. Other violent crimes including carjackings and robberies, carried out mostly by armed criminal gangs. You want to know what 'real' danger is like, then go to the Dominican Republic; you'll probably end up naked in the middle of nowhere, beaten half-to-death, wishing you went to Haiti instead. The long-term criminal hotspot of Antioquia accounted for the majority of the country’s drop in homicides last year, but the department continued to see active operations from a variety of criminal groups, such as the Urabeños, elements of the ex-FARC Mafia, the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional — ELN) and Caparrapos, all of which are contesting this territory, often through a shifting web of alliances. When the article explained why not to ride a tap tap, my heart froze because I had been on one during my trip and I feel so blessed that God had protected me. There were hopes that the agreement would help curtail violence, but not all of the capital city’s gangs wanted to fall in line. In just the first four days of 2021, the government had already logged 54 homicides, up from the 42 killings recorded during the start of 2020, according to local media reports. Every country has their own safety problems. In his ”End of Year Address,” National Police Commissioner Gary Griffith reported serious incidences of crime in the country had fallen by 30 percent in 2020 when compared to the previous year, adding that kidnappings had been reduced by over 40 percent. No doubt, Haiti is a beautiful country and many travelers have weighed up the risks and explored the country. He also said the use of firearms in murders rose 42 percent, going from 295 cases in 2017 to 417 in 2020. Just five years ago, the murder rate stood at more than 100. I've sat in doorways and engaged in friendly debates. Source tables.Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division.World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. A few years back, we described the safety situation as "beyond horrific" for independent travelers who were thinking of visiting the country. For the first time in the country’s history, according to the OVV, killings by security forces, which have been on the rise since 2016 across the entire nation, accounted for a worrying share of homicides. Its constitution was approved by referendum in 1987 but not actually put into effect until 1995, during Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s presidency. Oxygen is being wasted on you because you are such a worthless scum. There was one young white blonde female talking about how she went anywhere she wanted at nite and was completely safe. The 569 killings recorded by authorities last year, according to official data presented by the Judicial Investigation Agency (Organismo de Investigación Judicial — OIJ), marked a slight uptick from 2019 and a murder rate of 11.2 per 100,000 people. The state of Ceará was a particular hotspot for violence, effected in part by a mutiny among its military police early in the year. The violence has not let up during the first weeks of 2021. I can assure you that kidnappings are extremely rare though (in the R that is). Dalton’s law states that the total pressure is the sum of its partial pressures. Haiti is very safe; especially if you go with a tour, a resort such as Royal Decameron or the Royal Caribbean Cruise line that stops at Labadee, Haiti. We'd advise keeping away from political demonstrations (as you would in many countries), but instead, heed the number of adventure and package-tour operators now returning to the country. In its annual Homicide Round-Up, InSight Crime looks into the region’s country-by-country murder rates and the factors influencing them. Do not use public transport including "tap-taps", where violent crime often occurs. Although overall Panama remains one of Central America’s least murderous nations, homicides in its province of Panama Oeste surged last year, almost doubling from 51 in 2019 to 93 in 2020. Some teenagers might burn some tires in the street before their parents catch them and spank them, and the media will claim it's large-scale rioting & chaos. According to media reports, coronavirus restrictions struck a blow to drug traffickers operating on the island, as they reportedly struggled to access precursor chemicals required to produce fentanyl and methamphetamine — typically imported from China — amid the pandemic. article). For a while, evil was unchecked. There is a tour from the Dominican Republic to Haiti: One soldier was even ordered to kill a suspect that had survived the firefight. People didnt have locked doors. The 12,018 homicides recorded by the National Police across the country last year marked a murder rate of 24.3 per 100,000 people, down just over six percent from the total killings tallied in 2019. Deadly violence in Amambay kicked off early in 2020. Even in 2019, the homicide rate was eight times the global average, but 70 percent of all crime is linked to the drug trade. Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere, and was made poorer by a massive earthquake in 2010. I hired a security person to accompany me who spoke the local version of French, and we still had problems.”. I have been many times and will return again; it's a shame that Haiti's tourism industry has been decimated, as more foreign travelers would help the Haitian economy in a way that empowers Haitians themselves. The hotel in Jacmel had no doors to the bar/restaurant, just arches to the street. Im sure if this was an island off the coast of NY it would contain all the same words. Haïti Is The Best Safe Country Too Be I Love That About Those People Overther They Very Helpfull They Enjoy To Helped You. I went to Haiti in the past year due to a funeral and I knew that Haiti was a dangerous place, but I didn't fully understand how much danger I was in. But instead of fixing Haiti’s problems, the relief effort made matters worse. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! At least 42 social leaders were also killed during last year, according to UN data, but the Colombian conflict monitoring group Indepaz puts the number of victims at more than 300. That means it can take up to an hour to drive 3 miles. As I have stated previously in this thread, I am very happy to accept your article on the situation on Haiti and we will publish it alongside this article. I went to Haiti two years ago and felt completely safe. In addition, gender-based violence in the country has stirred increased attention as of late. If we as Americans refuse to learn foreign languages, we really do limit ourselves. On the other hand, the state of Rio de Janeiro welcomed historically low murder rates in 2020. This entire article is absolutely ridiculous. Poor does not equal violent. The murder rate in Belize — situated on the eastern coast of Central America, sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea and the dense jungles of Guatemala — dropped again in 2020. The 102 murders recorded by the Belize Crime Observatory represented a murder rate of 24.3 per 100,000 citizens, down almost 24 percent from 2019 and marking the lowest levels of violence in the last decade. The murder rate in Costa Rica has remained more or less steady since 2016, and did so again in 2020. Cassandra, which part in particular is racist, what are the words that are racist? Why do people always look for reasons to complain about one thing or another? I urge you to read the travel warnings of 4 separate foreign governments, none of which contradicts anything said in this article. In the couple days we were there, we did meet wonderful Haitian people, and my heart goes out to all those in Haiti, even the desperate, violent men we encountered. Jesus!" I'd hazard a guess and say that's exactly why you had such a trouble-free trip. Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site. Hmm, reading your article makes me wonder where you got your information from. The inaccuracy in this article is repugnant. In May 2020, gunmen shot dead a former congressman for the ruling National Party with ties to a drug trafficking organization that emerged in Copán in the shadow of the powerful Valles clan. I (white european) actually stayed in Deltas, an area that you claim to be a slum and highly dangerous. According to data from the territory’s Gender Equality Observatory, Puerto Rico has also struggled with a rising number of femicides, with some citizens calling for a State of Emergency to combat gender-based violence as a result. And for that matter Time for foreign colonial Powers to leave alone! Indeed, dynamics on the streets may have calmed down, but the country’s penal system — oversaturated with about twice as many prisoners as it’s capable of accommodating — saw a deadly wave of violence during 2020. I'm strongly agree. The Government of Haiti has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. That depends on how you define crime, poverty and violence. Haiti is a beautiful country with a very rich cultural heritage and just lovely people! Tourist death rates, femicide rate, extortion, wrongful imprisonment leading to extortion, etc etc. Maybe Haiti is too dangerous you don't put it in your list just to make sure HAITI don't infect the others safe country in your beauty list. It’s always wise to be vigilant no matter where you travel. Seconds later, another man armed with a knife demanded he hand over his money. Breaking from an overall decrease in “serious” crimes last year, shootings across the nation rose. The island nation’s proximity to Venezuela has historically raised concerns as pirate attacks linked to conflicts over drug trafficking routes have been known to occur in waters between the two countries. But avoiding doctors doesn’t explain the minuscule death rate. This information is not accurate in the slightest. Haiti as a whole Country is deemed a dangerous Place yet the small village i stayed at in Les Cayes was paradise in earth. You should be careful traveling alone at night, though statistically the problems that are likely to arise are less about violent person-on-person crime and more about lack of adequate infrastructure (not enough street lights, sewer grates, etc., including in many neighborhoods of Port au Prince). Chat with locals about where to go and where not to go. 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