Crime against tourists will hurt everyone

A top official with Crime Stoppers Barbados is warning of the far-reaching impact that crime against tourists will have on the country’s tourism-dependent economy.

Director and head of business development for Crime Stoppers International, Devrol Dupigny, said such crimes could cause untold damage to the country. He recently met with officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force and that issue was identified as one of the many areas of concern for lawmen.

The Crime Stoppers representative said the agency, which operates the anonymous tip hotline –– 1 800 8477 (TIPS) –– is working with the police to help deal with the problem. Dupigny is urging residents not to remain silent and to report these and other crimes.

“We will be working with them [police] from both a mass media perspective, if necessary, or from a community perspective because there may be particular crimes committed against tourists in particular areas and not particularly across Barbados; so once we have that understanding as to the type of issues, how the particular crimes are being committed . . . we are able to develop, design appropriate communication materials, work with the community whether we would put stickers, whether we would put signage or other types of communication materials to make the community comfortable that there is an anonymous way to report,” he said.

“These crimes . . . are affecting our economy; they are affecting our global image. We are asking everyone, all those who may have any sort of information on anyone who is perpetrating these types of crimes against our tourists to come forward with that information,” Dupigny said.

 

24 Responses to Crime against tourists will hurt everyone

  1. Mrbarbados Rarone
    Mrbarbados Rarone June 19, 2014 at 5:23 am

    as i always say bajans will be they own down fall……….

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  2. Mrbarbados Rarone
    Mrbarbados Rarone June 19, 2014 at 5:23 am

    as i always say bajans will be their own down fall……….

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  3. Renny Johnson
    Renny Johnson June 19, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Really? It takes an official in Crime Stoppers to work this out? Really?

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    • Carib Digita
      Carib Digita June 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

      It takes anybody else to say because the DLP doesn’t complete anything.

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    • Carib Digita
      Carib Digita June 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

      It takes anybody else to say because the DLP doesn’t complete anything.

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  4. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha June 19, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Crime is everywhere. ..nyc has crime everday and ppll still visit…b real
    ….crime is everywhere

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    • Dolores Huard
      Dolores Huard June 19, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Thank you Maria. At least you don’t have your head in the sand and as long as people do it will continue. For a long time these things were forbidden to be reported in newspapers so the people weren’t aware. And for those who say it happens everywhere, just wait until it happens to you – because it will!

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    • Dolores Huard
      Dolores Huard June 19, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Thank you Maria. At least you don’t have your head in the sand and as long as people do it will continue. For a long time these things were forbidden to be reported in newspapers so the people weren’t aware. And for those who say it happens everywhere, just wait until it happens to you – because it will!

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    • Carib Digita
      Carib Digita June 19, 2014 at 8:02 am

      There is a difference. New York City is the financial capital of the United States. The largest economy in the world. If you want to do business in the global system you might have to goto NYC to benefit. What does one HAVE to goto Barbados for if all it was known for was robberies and killings?

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    • Carib Digita
      Carib Digita June 19, 2014 at 8:02 am

      There is a difference. New York City is the financial capital of the United States. The largest economy in the world. If you want to do business in the global system you might have to goto NYC to benefit. What does one HAVE to goto Barbados for if all it was known for was robberies and killings?

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    • Dolores Huard
      Dolores Huard June 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

      The hotel where I normally stay (in a popular area not secluded) now has a big fence around it and one has to use a key to enter. This is NOT normal.

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  5. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes June 19, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Crime period. Not just against tourist.

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  6. Julie Leenders
    Julie Leenders June 19, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Come on if tourist stopped going to places where u had any crime they would never travel at all as EVERYWHERE had a certain amount ,it’s a case of wrong place wrong time ,places these tourists come from have PLENTY of crime so what makes where u r traveling to any different

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    • Carib Digita
      Carib Digita June 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

      There’s a difference. If all– that a country is known for is crime where will it go in future? Esp. if there’s no reason that tourists must- come there. They can opt it out.

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  7. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha June 19, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Smhhhh…..crimes against tourist crimes against locals the elderly…its alll crime

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  8. Ariane Murphy
    Ariane Murphy June 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Agree with you Julie Leenders! Was in Barbados in april and never felt unsafe ANYWHERE, be it in Oistins, Bridgetown, Holetown etc..would embark on the first flight to Grantley Adams tomorrow if possible! Very sad that Barbados seems to have a reputation for danger!! Come on people, this is wildly exagerated!

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  9. Ariane Murphy
    Ariane Murphy June 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Agree with you Julie Leenders! Was in Barbados in april and never felt unsafe ANYWHERE, be it in Oistins, Bridgetown, Holetown etc..would embark on the first flight to Grantley Adams tomorrow if possible! Very sad that Barbados seems to have a reputation for danger!! Come on people, this is wildly exagerated!

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  10. Steve Thomas June 19, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I love Barbados and come every winter for as long as I can manage. I used to go to TnT but not so keen now because I cannot be fully relaxed. If you do not control your rising crime rate your main industry will go into decline and Bim will encounter real hard times.. then even more crime, harder times still.. You have got to reverse this trend some how and soon.

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  11. jm June 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

    what would happen if a tourist or a national defended themselves from a would be theif or an attack?what would you guys say then?

    I wouldn’t have a problem defending myself or a family member.

    Years ago(back in the early 1980’s) I was in town.I must have been in my early teens.This tall big guy,stopped me,grabbed my arm,and demanded money.I pulled back,went for my back pocket as if I had a pocket knife he said…”oh…you have a knife! I said,”come find out” he released my hand and stepped off.

    fear will consume you. http://www.selfdefenseproducts.com

    I respect the police there in Barbados(i’ve always have and always will ) but they themselves are afraid. They never imagine Barbados being at this crazy.On a second note…

    Just because you don’t see a uniform police man/woman; doesn’t mean that they aren’t around.Elohim…

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  12. Skye UK June 21, 2014 at 4:52 am

    I have been a tourist for the past 15 years from the UK to Barbados but I will never come back no matter how much
    sunshine you offer. ‘

    Quote’ there is crime everywhere yes! but to come to a island
    the size of Barbados which is advertised as beautiful and tranquil is now a lie. NYC is a metropolis and you expect that but not BIM. Tourists are in danger of ending up in a mortuary slab.

    The island used to be quiet and unspoiled – to which it has now become a lawless place where the tourist is not even sure they will get home in one piece.

    I takes a lot of hard saving to fly from England to BIM and if the people who police this island don’t get their act together the island will lose its most precious commodity which is tourism.
    but then perhaps they do not care – oh well next flight to St Kitts
    perhaps!!

    I and a lot of others who used to travel frequently

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