Bajans abroad worried about crime wave

Members of the Barbadian diaspora in New York have been lamenting the recent spate of crime and gun violence plaguing the country.

Hyacinth Craig, who has been living in the United States for over 30 years, is worried about the effect the “negative” crime wave has been having on the island’s bread and butter tourism industry.

Hyacinth Craig
Hyacinth Craig

“Barbados has to realize that [it] does not have a lot to offer besides tourism and you have to make the island as safe as possible to encourage people to come,” she said in an interview with Barbados TODAY.

Craig further warned: “You don’t want to have to be bottled up, closed up, looking back behind you and I think the police have to be abreast to what they [young people] are doing”.

During recent celebrations in New York to mark the island’s 49th independence anniversary, the issue of crime was on the lips of several Barbadians resident in the US, with Craig drawing a link between the present situation in her homeland and that which has been taking place elsewhere.

“They [perpetrators] are following whatever is going on in the world . . .  they are too Americanized,” she said, while warning the authorities not to allow the policies of the United States to rule Barbados.

“They have to stand up for what they think is right  . . . . I work at a school here with young people and I see the same thing, so they are really mimicking America,” Craig added.

However, Al Bannister, who is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Progressive Exports, maintained that the crime situation was not exclusive to Barbados. He expressed confidence that law enforcement officials would be able to arrest the recent crime wave.

Al Bannister
Al Bannister

“Whatever is happening in North America is moving into the Caribbean islands, not only Barbados per se, and I guess it is a matter of Barbados Government getting their hands around [it] to combat — be it crime, be it drugs, etcetera. It is something that is happening throughout the Caribbean,” he told Barbados TODAY.

However, this island’s Consul General to New York Dr Donna Hunte-Cox remains concerned about the number of criminal deportees from the US, who are being sent back home.

Consul General to New York Dr Donna Hunte-Cox
Consul General to New York Dr Donna Hunte-Cox

“The concern has been that these persons are not necessarily rehabilitated and are coming into the island,” said Hunte-Cox, who also raised concern about a lack of facilities to help deportees to reintegrate into society.

“There should be something that they are coming home to, where the Government understands that these are the people that we have to deal with, but also to try to help them in terms of their skills set [and] to try to help them back into society away from a life of crime,” she argued.

The Counsel General said the illegal gun trade across the Caribbean as well as the impact of the recent US advisory to its nationals about criminal activity in Barbados were also major issues of concern.

3 Responses to Bajans abroad worried about crime wave

  1. Donild Trimp December 2, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Let me ask the Consul-General two questions, (1) are the deportees coming home and bringing the guns with them? (2) What number of deportees are responsible for the rise in crime?

    Let the Commissioner of Police deal with the guns and drugs coming in at the known point of entry.

    Any Tom, Dick and Harry knows where that is.

  2. dave December 3, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Too many people in positions of authority and influence are ignorant and out of touch with what is bubbling in the society.

  3. jrsmith December 3, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    @,Donild , Trimp and Dave, hail, hail on the button ,100%. may I add, for many people, because this high crime is happen else where, its alright to be happening in Barbados. hell no. what is scarey, the persons who is in charge of our island’s security, is just sitting on they hands , doing or trying nothing, to stop the madness, guns and drugs, and not forgetting, the vehicular accident, which in many cases is fatal.

    As the dear lady, Hyacinth mention, Barbados is on the spin ,ghetto, hood and bad attitude, its with us. the Uncle Sam thing, as for the criminal returnees, the media in Barbados ,should take a trip to Dodds, to see the faces, to see the young ones, to see they are all black faces. as though they are the only ones who commit crime in Barbados.


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