Crime is prevalent throughout Jamaica, including Kingston and Montego Bay. Violent crime, and armed assaults have been reported frequently and foreign nationals are vulnerable. Areas at most risk are located within certain neighborhoods of major cities. Travelers observed walking alone or displaying valuables are potentially viewed as easy targets. Theft from hotels and vehicles are frequent, mobile devices, purses or other electronic devices make for easy targets if in view of criminals.
The standard of driving in Jamaica is poor. The local drivers are reported to ignore road traffic safety and laws. There is a high risk of road traffic collisions (RTCs) due to poor visibility and lack of robust infrastructures. A large portion of accidents occur when traveling during the hours of darkness where visibility is greatly reduced, and driving is dangerous. Criminals are known to operate on major routes and in cities; crimes including theft and robbery from vehicles is common.
Jamaica is vulnerable to hurricanes due to its location within the Caribbean Islands. The season typically runs between June and November, with August to October most vulnerable for significant damage. If traveling during hurricane season be aware there is an increased risk for travel plans to be disrupted.