Could Crime Be Scaring Persons From Montego Bay?

Events in Jamaica are normally well organized, secured, promoted and tend to be executed incident free. However there is always that lingering thought by patrons or would-be patrons about their safety as they enjoy the event and go to and from the venue. While it is safe to say majority of persons are never impacted, safety is clearly a big concern for a lot of persons who consider attending events in Montego Bay, the country’s tourist capital.

A St James businessman is speculating that the murder of seven persons in that parish recently may have been the contributing factor to the low turnout of patrons during the final two nights of Reggae Sumfest 2015.

“We did Sumfest this year, and the first night was a great success and, coincidentally or unfortunately, seven people were murdered in Montego Bay on Thursday, July 16. And, for the first time in the history of the festival, we had 50 per cent fewer people on Friday and 50 per cent less people on Saturday,” said Robin Russell, owner of Robin’s Prime Steakhouse.

“Was it a direct result of those murders? Well, it is hard to say, but coincidentally it happened, and it has not happened in the 23 years of the festival,” he continued.

So could it be that crime is scaring persons away from Montego Bay and events held in the city? What do you think?

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