Local travel experts offer safety tips following recent Dominican Republic tourist deaths

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LOVES PARK, Ill. (WTVO) — Several tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic may take a toll on vacation bookings to the island.

Six Americans tourists have died in the Caribbean country in the last year. Plus, a former major league baseball star was shot within the last week.

While crime may cause some concerns for tourists, a Loves Park travel agency says certain tips can help make a safer trip.

Illinois International Travel President Tom Molson says none of his clients have canceled any trips, but he always advises vigilance.

“We’ve had no major issues going on within that area, but we do caution people,” Molson said. “When you go, don’t stray off the resort too far.”

To have a safer trip, Molson advice planning ahead.

“Try to get your arrival, departure in the daylight hours in those destinations,” Molson said. “If you do go outside of the resort area in those type of destinations, you want to have your guard up about you. Make sure your purse, handbag or whatever is secure.”

Despite recent cases, experts say travelers shouldn’t stray away from their planned destinations.

“Crime happens everywhere, even in this country, crime happens,” Molson said. “You just use your best judgement. Don’t do things you wouldn’t do here.”

The FBI is now investigating the three most recent deaths of Americans who died in the same Dominican Republic resort.

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