Members of the Mobile Reserve, an arm of the national police, patrol the neighborhood of Dunkirk in Kingston, Jamaica, June 6, 2013. ANDREA BRUCE NYT
Miami Herald: The secret in paradise: Violence mars Caribbean life
Caribbean countries laud themselves on offering idyllic settings where sandy beaches, calming calypso and a laid-back lifestyle beckon.
But behind the happy-go-lucky image, the region also harbors a darker side: violent crime and a tolerance for domestic violence.
According to a new study, “Restoring Paradise in the Caribbean: Combatting Violence with Numbers,” the region has some of the lowest victimization by property crime in the world but one of the world’s highest violent crime rates. Nearly 1 in 3 citizens has lost someone to violence, and individuals are more likely to be a victim of assault or a threat than anywhere else in the hemisphere.
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WNU Editor: I have friends who live in the Bahamas .... violent crime is definitely their #1 concern.