Turks and Caicos, March 13, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Tourism has noted with grave concern the increase in the incidents of crime against our people and our visitors in recent times. While the Turks and Caicos Islands remains one of the safest destinations in the region, if not in the world, a single attack against any innocent person is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
The Ministry would like to encourage in the strongest way possible, our people to cooperate with law enforcement to report crimes which will aid in bringing the perpetrators to justice. We would especially like to appeal to anyone with information of crime against our visitors to report it to the local authorities or to crime stoppers.
Minister Ralph Higgs commented; “As Minister of Tourism I would like to thank our guests for visiting the Turks and Caicos and urge them to have an enjoyable and relaxing vacation but to exercise vigilance as we seek to restore the Turks and Caicos Islands that you have come to know and love.”
The Ministry would like to remind Turks and Caicos Islanders, residents and visitors alike, legal or illegal, that any crime against our citizens can negatively affect our image as a low crime destination any crime against our tourists is an attack on our very livelihood which can contribute to the death of our tourism sector.
The Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Culture stands steadfast with law enforcement and TCIG as a whole in its fight against criminal activity across our country. The Turks and Caicos Islands is known worldwide for our pristine beaches, exquisite under water sites, and friendly people. We all have a part to play in maintaining this reputation. The Ministry urges you to join law enforcement and TCIG in the fight against crime for the sake of our beloved country.