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Safety?

Hi. We are two persons spending 2 weeks in Trou aux biches in January. It will be our first time to Mauritius. I'm wondering about the safety for tourists. Can someone please give me some advice?

Like, if I leave my belongings on Mont Choisy beach to take a swim, should I expect these to be lost? Or should I stay far away from Mont Choisy because it is a deserted beach? How common is assault and robbery?

What about if we went on some hiking/trekking up in the mountains. Is that considered safe?

Thanks for your advice...

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1. Re: Safety?

Hi and welcome to Mauritius forum.

First can I say that Choisy is not a deserted beach - it has both locals and tourists every day of the week. It's very popular and almost always busy.

I really wouldn't leave your belongings on the beach.

Please read this thread:

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293816-i9265-k8…

Also these:

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293816-i9265-k9…

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g488103-i9611-k8…

But please do not be put off.

Common sense precautions do go a long way.

Edited: 31 December 2015, 05:27
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2. Re: Safety?

No destination is crime free. Mauritius is regarded as relatively low crime destination. However that does not mean I would leave high value belongings on the beach. Opportunistic thieves are everywhere.

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3. Re: Safety?

There have been a spate of robberies in Grand Baie area by motorcyclists snatching bags.

The latest involved a French tourist on January 2nd who was heading back to their villa in Péreybère, when two cyclists assaulted and snatched his ​bag containing personal documents ,150 euros and a sum of Rs 10 000 before fleeing.

The injured victim filed a complaint to Grand Baie police and was admitted to hospital.

So please do be careful with your belongings when walking in Grand Baie/Pereybere.

defimedia.info/un-touriste-en-clinique-apres…

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4. Re: Safety?

This is not the news tourists want to hear but it's best to be aware and take suitable precautions.

I've noticed increased traffic in Grand Baie over the last few years, nothing like it was even four years ago, the pavements are crowded and we've often had to walk in the road which compromises safety with cars, buses and motorbikes driving past. It makes you an easy target for bag snatchers. For the French tourist to be assaulted is very worrying indeed

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5. Re: Safety?

Another worrying incident indeed. One of the reasons I prefer not to be in Grand Baie but rather on the west coast or even the east coast as they are much quieter in terms of traffic.

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7. Re: Safety?

This was in daylight too. How shocking.

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8. Re: Safety?

Interesting article in Defi following the serious assault and kidnapping of a hotel taxi driver at Balaclava highlighting the security situation in that area where several hotels are situated:

www.microsofttranslator.com/BV.aspx…

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9. Re: Safety?

Thanks for the link Bronia. Visitors and locals need to be aware of these issues.

By the way it appears we have a deleted post #6 which was another link to a crime in Mauritius.

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10. Re: Safety?

The delete was about the Grand Baie tourist rape - incidentally someone is in custody now.

Incidentally this took place on the dirt track leading to Super U so is important that people should be aware not to use it:

www.microsofttranslator.com/BV.aspx…

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