Viewers may recall that back in the month of January two tourists were murdered here in Belize, and while both executions took place in the Cayo District, the first occurred on January 4th, 2016 when the lifeless body of well-known Canadian film producer, Matthiew Klinck was found approximately fifteen feet away from his residence in the village of Selena with a total of fourteen stab wounds to his upper body.
Only a few weeks later, the body of thirty nine year old Anne Elizabeth Swaney, American journalist of ABC 7 in Chicago, was discovered floating along the Mopan River after she had stayed behind to do some early morning yoga. Swaney was strangled to death.
Both murders caused Belize to gain a black eye as the reports made it on international news for a number of weeks. Today we can tell you that in a report issued by the ‘News Americas’, it stated that the Caribbean has been identified as one of the most dangerous regions throughout the world when it comes to homicide due to its continuous escalation in recent years.
A comparison was made on the murder rates from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for every 100,000 people in top Caribbean nations which resulted in the conclusion that a U.S. national’s chance of being slain is higher in the Caribbean than in the U.S.
Ranking first on the top ten list is Belize and according to the UN data, forty five in every 100,000 people are killed every year in Belize compared to about four in the US.
Ranking second place on the list is Jamaica, followed by Saint Kitts/Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia and coming in at tenth is Guyana.
Negative reviews such as these hinder our tourism economy due to the fact that majority of visitors will refrain from wanting to travel and vacate here in the Caribbean.
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