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Like any tourist destination, Guadeloupe is not without some crime. However, most crimes are limited to petty offences, such as pickpocketing. Special care should be taken at night; always remain with a group, and avoid traveling along. To avoid getting into an unsavory situation, consider taking a taxi to your destination, especially since they are cheap and readily available. As with any locale you are unfamiliar with, it pays to be alert while traveling within large crowds, especially during the high season. Pickpockets can quickly pick you clean of your money or passport, quickly turning a dream vacation into a nightmare. Make use of your hotel's safe to protect items such as any jewelry you might have brought with you (which, in reality, is best left at home), extra monies, credit cards, and passports.
Keep an eye (and hand) on bags at all times, and do not leave your items unattended at the beach. Hiding a wallet or other personal property in the back of a shoe is not a good theft-deterrent device.
In addition, when traveling abroad, it is often easiest to travel with traveller checques, which are easier to replace than cash or credit cards if stolen. Keep a copy of the front page from your passport, any tickets, traveller checque serial numbers, and any other important information in a location separate from the originals. These will come in handy if you are a victim of theft.
The latest travel information for Guadeloupe and the rest of the West Indies can be found on the US Department of State Consular Information sheet for the West Indies.