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Bajans flock to the City for Christmas deals

Police today renewed their warning to Barbadians to stay on their guard, as scores flocked to the capital Bridgetown and other popular shopping centres for last-minute Christmas shopping.

Crime Prevention Officer Station Sergeant Stephen Griffith issued the warning, as two popular City locations were reporting bustling sales.

A sea of people on Swan Street

A sea of people on Swan Street

“What I would want to let Barbadians know at this time is not to let their guard down. They have been good so far, they have been careful, they have been doing the right things, they have been following best practices, but do not let your guard down,” the senior police official said.

He also made a special appeal to persons attending midnight mass and early Christmas morning services to secure their homes, and to parents not to leave their children at home alone.

“Leave them with the caregiver. Look after your homes in terms of fire . . . the way you use your lighting, and most of all, we in the Royal Barbados Police Force want to thank you all for being supportive of us during this very hectic Christmas season,” Griffith said.

His comments came against the backdrop of an “unprecedented” 15 per cent drop in crime for the year so far, according to Acting Police Chief Tyrone Griffith, who in a Christmas message yesterday also assured Barbadians that the force would do all in its power to combat criminal activity.

He also urged business owners and householders to place emphasis on the security of their premises and to do their utmost to make visitors to the island feel safe and comfortable.

In the meantime, attendants were kept busy in stores and supermarkets today, as customers stood in long lines to purchase items.

Location Manager for Cave Shepherd Bridgetown Andrew Wilkinson reported “tremendous sales” for the day.

Wilkinson was pleased that customers took advantage of special offers, especially those related to gift items.

“For certain the atmosphere in here is bubbling and we expect it to get even busier as it gets closer to the end of Christmas,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Over at Woolworth, some shelves were noticeably empty as shoppers, according to Managing Director Martin Bryan, “grabbed” what ever gift items they could find.

“We definitely have to restock for Saturday,” he told Barbados TODAY.

On Swan Street there was hardly any space to walk when our team visited around midday but vendors didn’t mind as they too were in a position to report “very good sales”.

One salesman even told us, he wished “Christmas Eve could be everyday”.

As for what Barbadians plan to do for Christmas, many shoppers said they would be sticking to tradition either by going to church or taking a stroll through Queen’s Park on Christmas morning. Others, including Dwayne Greenidge told Barbados TODAY that he just planned to relax, and partake in lots of food and drink.

Picking out the perfect dress.

Picking out the perfect dress.

However, Greenidge was also quick to point out there was more to Christmas than food. He urged Barbadians to spend time in reflection this Yuletide season.

“I don’t plan to go to church on Christmas Day this year but I will be going on Old Year’s Night to start the New Year on the right path,” Greenidge said.

Source: (EJ/AH)

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