The store is loaded with great vacation items from apparel to beach-wear to sunglasses and snorkeling equipment."We are experienced divers who have dove with many dive operations. Their attention to safety and service is outstanding.Rapes fell by 11 percent, and attempted rapes by 65 percent.However, armed robberies increased by 21 percent, with 617 incidents in this period, demonstrating that the crime problem is far from resolved. The lower house of the bicameral Parliament, the 38-member House of Assembly, is directly elected for five-year terms.After a dramatic rise in the rates of murder, rape, and robbery in 2011, the government amended existing laws and introduced new legislation related to the functioning of the criminal justice system, including amendments to the Penal Code, the Dangerous Drugs Act, the Firearms Act, the Bail Act, the Sexual Offences Bill, and the Court of Appeal Act.The measures appeared to be successful in 2012; the government reported that in the period between January 1 and July 24, the murder rate fell 14 percent compared to the same period in the previous year.
The FNM regained its parliamentary majority in May 2007, restoring Ingraham to the premiership.
The PLP was victorious in general elections held in May 2012, winning 29 seats, while the FNM took 9 seats.
As a result of the elections, Christie once again became prime minister; Ingraham resigned from Parliament in July.
A freedom of information bill was passed by Parliament in February 2012; the government has pledged to enforce the law, but has not specified when it would come into effect.
The Bahamas has a well-developed tradition of respecting press freedom.