Hoping to discount another concern that could give some travelers pause--worries about safety in Jamaica--the Jamaica Tourist Board's Dawson cites government figures showing 232 petty crimes against tourists in 1996 (mostly thefts), and just one major crime: the December robbery at gunpoint of a jitney of cruise passengers. Since Jamaica recorded 1.1 million overnight visits from foreigners last year, Dawson calculates, those tourists' chances of being victimized were roughly one in 5,000. "Crimes against tourists have been dropping yearly and monthly because of a lot of anti-crime measures that have been put in place in tourist areas, for instance, increased police patrols in resort areas," he said.
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