Turks and Caicos Islands: Robbery

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to combat the reported increase in serious robberies against individuals in the Turks and Caicos Islands referred to in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel advice for that territory.

Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the crime detection rate in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and on what basis the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice for the Turks and Caicos Islands states that levels of crime in that territory are relatively low.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Crime rates in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are monitored closely by the Royal TCI Police Force. In the last 5 years the overall crime rates have fallen but challenges remain in tackling serious crime including homicides and serious robberies across TCI. Most crime tends to be opportunistic burglary and theft, although an increase in more serious robberies against individuals has been reported, alongside an increase in homicide rates. We advise all travellers to consult with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice on TCI, and to make their own decisions on whether to travel. Travel advice is kept under constant review to ensure it reflects our assessment of the risk to British nationals. Our travel advice for TCI was last updated on 12 March and can be found on GOV.UK. Details on how the FCO assesses and categorises risk in foreign travel advice can also be found on GOV.UK

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