Despite the murder of an Australian yacht captain in Antigua on Jan. 22, Australia has no plans to issue an Antigua travel advisory, according to Philip Kentwell, Australia's High Commissioner to the Eastern Caribbean.
"We won't issue a travel advisory against Antigua, but we will respond to Australians who inquire about the risks of traveling to the destination," Kentwell said.
The commissioner said the crime issue "is bigger than Antigua, and the incident is a reflection of a wider rise in crime across the Caribbean and is, therefore, a cause of concern."
In the aftermath of the killing of 38-year-old Drew Gollan in the presence of his girlfriend and their 21-month-old child at Nelson's Dockyard at English Harbour, police have stepped up security measures.
Police Commissioner Thomas Bennett added 24-hour patrols and a police presence on foot and in vehicles at the dockyard. The move was aimed at encouraging yacht operators at Nelson's Dockyard to remain on the island, after several left and others threatened to pull out following the murder.
There have been no arrests in the case. Police are looking for a suspect who reportedly left the scene "in a van at a high rate of speed," according to police reports.
A reward of $10,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible has been offered by yachtsmen and English Harbour businesses.
The incident comes six months after the murders of a British couple on honeymoon in Antigua. Proceedings for the two men charged with the murders have been delayed several times by the prosecution.