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Wherever there are many people, there are crimes, too. Like any other country of the world, Dominica has to suffer from criminals.

The good news is the crime rates are lower than in other places. The bad news is crime has been increasing there, too.

The most spread crimes against travelers are pocket picking and larceny. Criminals prefer small valuables and money. They also hunt for passports, so be especially careful with yours. If you find out your passport is lost, you should notify the police and the embassy of your country.

The valuables stolen most often are jewelry and electronics. But keep in mind people lose their cards filched much more often than they become victims of credit card frauds.

The emergency phone number is 999. Remember it, but take into account it won’t prevent you from falling a victim to a crime. Protect your property yourself. First, don’t leave the things you value unattended, because larceny by finding is widespread. If you don’t keep an eye on something, you are likely to be in no need of it at all. Second, revise your opinion about what is leaving something unattended.

It’s not just leaving belongings in public, it is also leaving them behind in the hotel room or in a car. Third, hide your cash and cards in bags; you may even wrap them in clothing. And do not flash your valuables around. If you do, beware and stay away from dark areas empty of people. If you do not, stay away of them anyway. Just in case.

Proper precautions mean safe. If you neglect them (but you better don’t), you may count on the low crime rates. However, whatever your choice is, remember not to become a criminal yourself. I’m not talking about thefts and murder, no, I have to warn you about things some people would find inoffensive: Doing drugs or even mere having them. It is a sufficient reason for a prison sentence. Cannabis is produced in Dominica, but this does not mean it’s legal. Avoid it.

If you do not disregard measures I’ve told you of and follow my advices, you’ll be all right. Have a nice trip!

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