US State Department Issues Level Two Warning for Americans Traveling to Belize
The US State Department has issued a level two warning for Americans who plan to visit Belize. It is a curious announcement, considering that recent weeks have seen a downward trend in major crimes. According to the website, Belize has been summarized as having, quote, “Violent crime – such as sexual assault, home invasions, armed robberies, and murder – are common even during daylight hours and in tourist areas. A significant portion of violent crime is gang related. Due to high crime, travelers are advised to exercise caution while traveling to the south side of Belize City. Local police lack the resources and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. Most crimes remain unresolved and unprosecuted.” End of quote. Love News understands that the US State Department operates using a 4-level system, and with Belize placed at level two, but with Belize City placed at level three. The site notes Belize City as being the most dangerous area in the country, therefore advising Americans to avoid Belize City. According to the US advisory, most reported crime happens in the Southside of the city and is oftentimes gang-related, and there has been an alarming uptick in crime across the country with confirmed reports of violent acts, such as sexual assault, armed robberies, home invasions and even murder. The travel advisory goes on to state that, quote, “one major factor in criminal activity is the country’s lack of resources. The police force is simply not well-equipped to handle these types of situations in a timely manner or even at all. Many crimes often go unresolved and are not prosecuted. With no repercussions, criminals are getting away with whatever they want.” End of quote. The travel advisory was issued on Monday, November 13.