AG: No increase in crime

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has denied that crime is on the rise in the country, less than two weeks after announcing a 13 per cent increase for the first seven months of the year when compared to the same period last year.
In an update on Government’s crime fighting efforts to Democratic Labour Party (DLP) faithful at the party’s 60th annual conference Brathwaite said that statistically crime was on the decline, but Barbadians had a different impression because of an upsurge in violent criminal acts usually involving guns, and misleading information in the media.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

“We need to get ahead of this misinformation curve,” he said at the party’s George Street headquarters, and singled out Reverend Charles Morris, a teacher; and University of the West Indies Lecturer, Dr Tennyson Joseph as chief among those peddling tales linking crime to DLP economic policies since 2008.
“People read these things and believe that if someone from university says it is true, and if a teacher . . . says it that it is true,” the AG said
“But it is not true because when I look at what has happened crime-wise in Barbados between 2008 and 2015 there has in fact not been any stark increase in crime over that period of time. In fact one just needs to look back at 2015 and one would have seen a 15 per cent decline in crime from the year before. There has been no escalation in crime between 2008 and today.[the]  challenges that we have today and why we are all concerned is because of the nature of the crime that we are seeing, and in particular, gun-related crime.”
Brathwaite noted that Barbadians were concerned as a result of many pictures of accused young men and women being brought before the courts, charged with serious criminal offences, particularly murders. He revealed that of the 17 murders reported so far this year, 14 were gun-related.
“It is of great concern to us but it is untrue for anyone to write and suggest that it is linked directly to the policies of the Democratic Labour Party.”
Brathwaite called for a meeting of regional heads of government to deal with crime and security, telling the DLP conference delegates that he had already raised it with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who is the current CARICOM chairman.
While speaking in Parliament on August 11 on a resolution seeking approval to borrow $76 million for  refurbishing and constructing new accommodation for members of the Royal Barbados Police Force [RBPF] and the magistracy over the next two years, Braithwaite said there was a 13 per cent rise in overall crime. He also said there was a rise in the number of gangs operating here. (GA)

7 Responses to AG: No increase in crime

  1. jrsmith August 25, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Our Attorney General, is as like all the others in that party, try this , try that, say this, say that , hoping something would work. at lease this time the blame isn’t on the region, but the media and other individuals who is misleading us, we don’t need this man to be so insultive making stupid comments, which confronts our bajan people ,who are hurting ,from the lost of they family members who were murder.


    Bajans, the government ministers , do you all think they consult , or communicate, with each other , or with the police ,everyone seems to be doing they own thing. Whats next.

  2. Donna August 25, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Hands up all those who know how statistics can be manipulated!

  3. Tony Webster August 25, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Yep, as Sepp Blatter said just yesterday to his adoring world-wide fans, courtesy of a B.B.C. Interview: “There is no corruption in himself, or in FIFA, but as to “people”…well…that is another Anansi story!”

    After we are all blessed by the sight of his departing heels…he might just move-onto his next career…and open his own church!

    A.G.: please do not insult us…you were mis-quoted; or mis-understood; or you just “mis-spoke”. Right?

  4. Alex Alleyne August 25, 2015 at 1:32 pm


  5. Alec Pierre August 25, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Missing in the above comments is the fact that the AG found it necessary to mention that the lecturer was a St. Lucian not to labour the point that such comparisons are odious. The gentleman is a professional employee of the University of the West Indies isn’t he?

  6. Mac10 August 25, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    With arithmetic like that, stating that crime rose 13% over the same period last year less than two weeks ago whilst sating there is no increase in crime can only mean one thing – the good Mr Braitwaite wants to the next DLP finance minister!

  7. Observer August 25, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Barbados today I noticed you don’t like constructed criticism hear lately you haven’t been publishing my opinions why are you guys scared of authority


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