Household Security in Jamaica
As I pointed out in my post on “settling in“, the choice of housing is made primarily with the following questions in mind:
- What is the crime rate like in the neighborhood?
- Does the house have adequate security (e.g. burglar-bars?)
- Should you live in a gated or a non-gated community?
A family moving to Jamaica may want to immediately put in place some basic security measures, including:
- Hiring a security company with on-call services and a panic button
- Using a driver to get around in the first few weeks
- Attending a security briefing, if available
- Learning which neighborhoods to avoid, if driving
- If burglar grills are not present, having the landlord install them before moving in
While the number of murders and the overall crime rates have been on the increase in the Caribbean region, they tend to be mostly gang-related, and therefore not random. Simply be aware of crime rate trends. The care that one would take while living in any major city should be taken here.
he point of having a good security system is to bring as much piece of mind as is possible, and many expatriates choose to have:
- 24-hour security
- Window and door alarms
- A panic button to a security company with mobile assistance
- Cell phones with numbers pre-programmed to the police and security companies
- Burglar proofing/bars (a requirement)