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We’re safe

Police Chief remains adamant that crime is down

In the face of a recent upsurge in gun crimes and worrying levels of violence, Acting Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith today boasted that Barbados is the safest it has been in 15 years.

“We are actually better off statistically today than ten years ago. In fact, for the last 15 years, crime in Barbados was always annually in excess of 8,000 crimes. For the last two years, crime has been less than 8,000 and this year it’s also on track to be less as well,” the top cop said.

Acting Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith

Acting Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith

Griffith, who was participating in a panel discussing on the topic, Is Tourism Entering a New and Difficult Phase, during the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s State of the Industry Conference, did not contribute very much more to the discussion, except to say that the issue now was getting visitors to accept the fact that it was safe for them to visit.

The police chief’s comments come against the backdrop of recent shooting incidents, including the execution style murder of 46-year-old taxi driver Ricardo Anthony Bryan, who was gunned down in the car park of Lucky Horseshoe in Warrens, St Michael on September 1.

Four men — Hakeem Dishon Jeremy Griffith, 22, of Well Gap, Cave Hill, St Michael; Kiastan Hallen Clarke, 23, of 2nd Avenue, Green Hill, St Michael; Jason Shamin Blenman, 21, of Powder Road, Station Hill, St Michael and Stefan Akobi Nkosi Branch, 21, of Castries Road, Cave Hill, St Michael    have since been remanded to jail in connection with that shooting.

It followed closely on the heels of the murder of Andre Hinds who was shot and killed by armed gunmen who entered his home at North Thumberland, St Lucy on August 25.

Four other men have been held in connection with that murder.

The recent incidents have prompted Government senator Dr David Durant to liken the domestic crime situation to the legendary “wild wild west”, while supporting calls for perpetrators to be made to feel the full weight of the law.

Fed with the Government’s response, attorney-at-law and social activist David Comissiong has also called on Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite to step down.

However, Brathwaite has been adamant that politicians are not to blame, while pointing to a failure of the educational system and family values, which he said were “creating the problems that we are having now”.

Last November the United States Embassy here advised US citizens in Barbados of “a recent surge in robberies involving the use of the firearms and high levels of violence”.

In its advisory the American Embassy noted that although the potential for criminal activity specifically targeting US citizens remains medium to low in this jurisdiction, visitors should take appropriate steps to enhance safety.

8 Responses to We’re safe

  1. Brien King
    Brien King September 17, 2016 at 1:50 am

    The American Embassy should also state the highly possible danger of all types of crime, from all types of people, from all types of work back ground, that awaits anyone visiting America.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 17, 2016 at 2:34 am

      Brien ya right agree with ya but Barbados is the one who looking for tourist and need them pretty much to survive because there is no real industry to hold up island.

    • Brien King
      Brien King September 17, 2016 at 2:50 am

      Rawle Spooner , and who’s fault is that ? Not ours ?
      Is it wise to place all your eggs in one basket ?
      We seriously need to get back into food productions and stop listening to those that tell us not to produce our own food and to buy it from them.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 17, 2016 at 3:58 am

      Brien I’m in total agreement with everything you say.

  2. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham September 17, 2016 at 5:15 am

    so safe that i frighten to walk the road after dark, so safe that i suspect every person i meet on a lonely road, so safe that even the tourist paranoid, so safe that many robberies go un reported, yeah we safe,

  3. Tony Webster September 17, 2016 at 5:42 am

    God help us. I dimly recall that the R.B.P.F. , whenever they speak of anything to do with crime, and crime data, statistics etc…that whatever numbers are referenced …ALWAYS means “REPORTED CRIME”. Effin someone one is mugged, or has their house broken, or car ransacked while parked , or if for whatever reason they choose not to report the crime because they cannot bear the thought of wasted long hours taking statements, long waits for the Courts to function etc.etc etc…the CRIME is NOT reported included in any OFFICIAL data or figures…and just “disappears”

    Yes, go figure. Reported crime might be down, but total crime…well…that’s another story, Sir!

  4. Loretta Griffith September 17, 2016 at 6:39 am

    You can only speak to what is reported.
    I am glad to hear crime is down but I wished it was zero.
    However I am grateful it is not worst although it is 8,000 too many.

  5. Hal Austin September 17, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I know it is hard for most Barbadians to believe, but crime is down all over the world even if we have more criminal laws.
    Nevertheless, if people perceive crime is a threat, then it is. We need to reform the police force, turning it in to a service. Put more people in uniforms, get rid of some of the 45 gazetted officers sitting in head office. Get more officers walking the streets, not driving round in SUVs.
    At the top end, go for the mega gun dealers, especially the New Barbadians, living in the Heights, Terraces and gated communities.
    We must define our our societies and not let the FBI and Scotland Yard do that for us.


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