Antigua Takes Steps Toward Safety After Passenger Murder

February 11, 2010

(8 p.m. EST) -- Less than two weeks after a 24-year-old man was arrested for the murder of 29-year-old Elisabeth Nilssen -- the fourth such crime against a tourist in Antigua in less than two years -- steps have been taken to make the port safer.

According to, the National Parks Authority has installed eight surveillance cameras across Nelson's Dockyard National Park and in the English Harbor area in hopes of discouraging violent crime.

In response to Nilsson's death, Star Clippers has pulled Antigua from the itineraries of Royal Clipper, on which Nilsson was a passenger at the time of her murder. reports that Tourism Minister John Maginley said the high-tech, closed-circuit cameras are part of the government's Safety and Security Strategy, the details of which were not disclosed.

Efforts to reach representatives from both the National Parks Authority and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority for comment were not immediately successful. But, according to a statement released recently by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, "The Government of Antigua recommits itself to implementing additional policies and programmes to ensure security and safety for everyone in the country."

We'll keep you updated.

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor