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The United States Department of State, warning its citizens against travelling to Jamaica, reports Jamaica Gleaner.

The tier two travel advisory issued by the US government on Friday warned that violent crimes such as home invasions, armed robberies and homicides are common within the island.
 
For the US, a tier two warning means travellers should "exercise increased caution". Similar warnings have been issued for Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.

It advised Americans to avoid travelling to areas in Kingston such as Cassava Piece, downtown Kingston - which is defined as between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half-Way Tree and Old Hope Road.

Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens and Arnett Gardens, Grants Pen and Standpipe in Kingston are also included.

In Montego Bay, it warned Americans not to visit areas like Canterbury, Clavers Street, Flankers, Hart Street, Norwood and Rose Heights.

The US State Department said its citizens should not visit anywhere in the island's old capital of Spanish Town, St Catherine.

According to the US government, the high level of crime and violence in these areas prevent the police from responding effectively.

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