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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2018. 3:34 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The United States Embassy in Belize today issued a security warning to all American citizens living in Belize.

The release comes after Belize’s Governor General, Sir Colville Young declared a state of emergency for areas of Southside Belize City.

The state of emergency is effect for the next thirty days.

According to the release, Belizean authorities will enforce checkpoints throughout the south side and have increased personnel to detain individuals.

The US Embassy advises their citizens to take the necessary precautions when visiting Southside, Belize City and take the following tips into consideration:

  • Exercise increased caution in Southside Belize City.


  • Monitor local media for updates.


  • Avoid crowds.


  • Follow all instructions of Belize authorities.


  • Keep a low profile.


  • Notify friends and family of your safety.


  • Be aware of your surroundings.


  • Be vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.


  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.


  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.

The Belize Police department this morning held a press conference to inform all Belizeans of the “ state of public emergency” declared in some areas of Southside, Belize City.


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