Safety and Crime in Montego Bay, St. James

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Here's what 6 local experts had to say about safety and crime in Montego Bay.

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A helpful fact that one should know when moving to the city of Montego Bay, St.James, is that the crime rate is extremely high. It would be best for the individual that is planning to move here, know that, there will always be the risk of being attacked or caught in the crossfire of a shooting.

Crystal, says: 2020

If considering to move to Montego Bay, St. James; know that our city is one of the most popular tourist areas on the island. Our people are warm and friendly however, we have a high crime rate and not all areas of the city should be traversed after 6pm.

Danielle, says: 2020

Montego Bay is full of life and numerous opportunities. However, it is imperative to note that it is heavily population. Traffic and pollution is a large problem that citizens face daily. In addition to this, crime and violence is on the rise. The city has many attractions and fun things to do; including wonderful restaurants, beaches and amusement parks.

Janoiya, says: 2020

If someone moves to the city which I am currently residing, they should know about the cost of living, the crime rate and required educational qualifications and skills required for obtaining a particular job of interest. They should also know about the different communities and their historical backgrounds.

Sherika, says: 2020

Montego Bay offers colonial architecture, famously delicious food, and wonderful weather most of the year. While it is paradise, it’s important to note that although homosexuality isn’t prohibited in Montego Bay, the local culture is not particularly accepting and LGBT violence is not unheard of. The city also has issues with gangs and organised violence related to the drug trade, but this rarely affects the expat areas of the island and living in Montego Bay is not normally affected by these types of crime.

Patricia, says: 2020

If you’re moving to Montego Bay, you should:
* Get used to island time
* Get to know the people
* The crime rate is very high
* We have great medical care available just to name a few.
Montego Bay has a number of unique attractions to enjoy such as spas, beautiful beaches, shopping Centers, restaurants, annual events and nightlife.

Chrysta, says: 2020

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