Florida tourists told to take care

British tour operators and car-hire companies yesterday warned tourists visiting Florida to take precautions against violent crime by avoiding dangerous areas and leaving valuables behind, Reuter reports from London.

A German woman was killed by robbers in front of her two children last Friday only an hour after arriving in Miami.

A Foreign Office spokesman cited general advice that British tourists should take 'common- sense precautions', such as 'don't carry large amounts of money, leave valuables in hotels, and avoid dodgy areas'. British tour operators have also warned clients about the dangers of venturing into downtown Miami.