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The island as a whole is a generally safe and the vast majority of travellers return home without suffering any mishaps whatsoever. Most Jamaicans are extremely law-abiding citizens. Their sense of honour and pride runs deep, and their tolerance of thieves and criminals is extremely low. Jamaicans have been known to stone or beat to death thieves caught in the act.

Nonetheless, the island's pervasive poverty fosters crime, and the volatile nature of the Jamaican psyche adds its own catalyst. Jamaica, and in particular Kingston, has the worst reputation in the Caribbean for violent crime. But violent crime intrudes very little on the visitor. The majority of crime is related to drugs wars fought in ghettoes from the tourist centers. Click here to learn more about Safety & You.