Businesses step up security
Two businesses, which have recently fallen victim to criminal activity, have taken immediate steps to increase their security.
Less than 24 hours after three masked men robbed the SOL service station at Jackman’s, St Michael, Barbados TODAY was just in time this evening to see employees of SmartTech International installing security cameras on the building.
Police investigations are continuing into last night’s incident, in which the three men, including one armed with a firearm, reportedly entered the establishment and demanded cash from the cashier, before escaping with an undisclosed sum on money.
Lawmen say the culprits also robbed a male customer of jewelry and cash.
So far no one has been arrested in connection with that robbery.
However, lawmen have already made a breakthrough into the September 1 murder of Ricardo Bryan, who was gunned down, execution style, outside Lucky Horseshoe, Warrens, St Michael.
Four St Michael men have since been charged with the murder and were all remanded to jail.
They are Kiastan Hallam Clarke, 23, of 2nd Avenue, Green Hill; Jason Shamin Blenman, 20, of Pounders Road, Bush Hall; Hakeem Deshon, Jeremy Griffith, 22, of Well Gap, Cave Hill and Stefan Akobo Nkosi Branch, 21, of Richmond Gap.
In the meantime, spokeswoman for Lucky Horseshoe, Laura Galt, reported that since the incident, which occurred near their premises, steps were taken to strengthen their security.
“We still have all of our measures in place, we have added in a couple of extra things and all the staff are very alert now obviously since [the incident] took place,” she told Barbados TODAY.
However, the food and beverage director stressed that the murder did not occur at Lucky Horseshoe.
“It wasn’t anything to do with us. You can come back to Horseshoe that’s what I keep trying to tell people. It happened in the car park, and nothing was directed at Lucky Horseshoe nobody tried to rob us. It was something that happened unfortunately outside,” Galt said, adding “we have our security measures in place with regards to guards and security cameras . . . but we also keep our doors secured. We have different protocols in place if anything happens, so we just have to keep doing what we’re doing.”
In the wake of the recent killing, Galt assured that members of her staff were on high alert should someone “want to try something”.
“We always want to keep our staff and customers safe – that’s our main objective,” she said, while acknowledging that the business took a hit in the immediate aftermath of the deadly shooting incident.
However, she said business was returning to normal.