Crime in Barbados
U.S. citizens visiting or living in Barbados should be aware that on January 16 and again on January 30 groups of tourists on guided tours of the island were the victims of highly unusual robberies or attempted robberies at gunpoint. In the second incident, shots were fired by the assailants, although there were no reported injuries. Barbados police believe they have identified and are actively seeking at least some of the perpetrators of the two crimes, but to date no arrests have been made.
Most Americans who visit Barbados enjoy trouble-free visits to the island. However, U.S. citizens who are the victims of crimes in Barbados are encouraged to contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy, which is located in the Wildey Business Park, Wildey, St. Michael. The telephone number for the Consular Section is (246) 227-4399. The fax number is (246) 431-0179, and the general e-mail address for consular matters is firstname.lastname@example.org. After hours, a duty officer can be reached by dialing the Embassy switchboard at (246) 227-4000.
Americans living or traveling in Barbados are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website, and to review regularly updated Country Specific Information on travel and security within Barbados. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency. The website for Embassy Bridgetown is http://bridgetown.usembassy.gov/ .