Will the tide of acid attacks affect London’s tourism industry?

Published on : Monday, August 7, 2017

londonThe tide of acid attacks in London has created a sense of fear not only among the residents of London but also tourists.

 

A tourist, believed to be from Qatar was sprayed with corrosive liquid last week and the attackers took off with his expensive watch and phone before speeding off on a moped.

 

The acid related crimes in the British capital have increased a lot last year, from 454 from 261 in 2015, which is about more than 73%. The latest reports show that 282 incidents have taken place this year so far.

 

The attacks involve corrosive substances being used to physically maim people. Motives for the criminal acts have become increasingly arbitrary in recent weeks, and experts say they have become an effective replacement for knives as a choice of weapon.

 

Following the attack, the Saudi Arabian embassy has issued a warning as well as an advice to the tourists stating that visiting citizens and residents should exercise caution and avoids walking in alleys and dark places.

 

The embassy also urged Saudi tourists to avoid carrying valuable items, and to inform police and the embassy in the event of an attack.

 

The medical specialists of U.K. have also issued a caution and advice in order to raise awareness about the acid attacks.

 

Although there is no evident negative impact in the tourism industry, these incidents certainly add to the fear quotient even if it is in its slightest.

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