UN issues security advisory to personnel in Barbados

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) has issued an advisory to its personnel in Barbados urging them to be safe, in the wake of “a number of recent robberies” on the island.

UNDSS said it has received credible reports that a number of recent robberies are believed to be committed by a group of five armed men.

It said the men are believed to be travelling in one vehicle, possibly a burgundy or red Kia, targeting both businesses and individuals.

The men may be attempting to trick victims into stopping or exiting their vehicles by driving behind them and flicking their headlights, UNDSS said, adding that the five men were last encountered in St Joseph.

“All UN personnel and family members are reminded to always lock your car doors, keep your windows up, only pull over in well-lit populated areas, and to remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid driving alone at night,” UNDSS urged employees.

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security also provided employees with additional recommendations in case of any encounter while driving.

“If you detect that you are being watched or followed do not panic and drive to your nearest ‘Safe Haven’ (UN Office, Police station, …). Try to collect as much information on any suspect vehicle such as make, colour, license plate, identifying marks, description of occupants, etc. If someone tries to bump your car, honk the horn, put on hazard lights and continue driving quickly,” UNDSS said.

“If you are hit from behind and have to stop, do not get out of the vehicle or unlock it until you have called the police. Check the mirrors to observe the situation and if you see something suspicious like a pair or group of men descending all at the same time, try to rush to a ‘Safe Haven’. If you have a driver, instruct him accordingly. It is illegal to leave the spot of an accident but safer to go away straight to the closest police station, the CSFP and UNDSS will assist you with the police if necessary,” UNDSS added.

40 Responses to UN issues security advisory to personnel in Barbados

  1. Sherry Kirton
    Sherry Kirton April 2, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Barbados has a sweet ring you just cannot stop trying to distroy this beautiful country now the U N is it the only country with problems the whole of Europe in trouble and you are concerned about us the government must stop bringing the criminal with diplomatic bags

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    • Eugene Lavine
      Eugene Lavine April 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Because they are looking out for their citizens and employees? Because when this same advisory is posted by the RBPF and other news agencies it is not available for the rest of the world to see? Help me understand.

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    • Jennifer April 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      @Sherry Kirton – well said.
      The next thing is that we all need to be careful as the last man who was followed said he went into the district F police station for help and the doors were closed, but a light on in the back. He heard no one despite calling for help. Mind you the man could have been killed in the police station yard too. So the response by the police and the stations need to be on standby for any eventualities for all.

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  2. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow April 2, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Unfortunate…

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  3. Ernesta Catlyn April 2, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    They are simply repeating the advisory that the police issued to all persons presently residing in Barbados or expecting to visit Barbados shortly.

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  4. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen April 2, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Look Somebody out side trying to help we ,shut ya mouth .

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  5. CHRIS GRAHAM April 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I think we should be more concern whether or not the statement is true. It does not matter if 100 countries are experiencing similar we must stamp out lawless.

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  6. L King April 2, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    The UNations issued this? What are they up to for I live in the UK and I’ve never heard them addressing this concern to us Brits and we are ever having to deal with plenty of crime.

    The United Nations need to back off with their hidden agenda and let the government and it’s citizens of Barbados deal with these issues.

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    • Jennifer April 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      L King – well said.

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  7. jrsmith April 2, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    This is what the politicians in barbados has done to our country , as I said before they were elected to bring our country down , what is worse the guns or the politicians…………………………..
    What ever is wrong in Barbados effects the black people only , if the 1% was ever interfered with you would see how quick our politicians jump to safe guard they welfare ……….

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    • Jennifer April 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      jrsmith – be careful now. you don’t want to hurt feeling and cross lines.

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  8. Marlene Brown
    Marlene Brown April 2, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Thts the harsh reality we the law abiding Citizens of Barbados must join forces and make sure these criminals don’t Robb us of this beautiful gem

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  9. clint April 2, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    If one looks at the pattern, each time a certain event is staged, the number of brazen burglaries increases. It happens every year. The brazen burglaries will decrease soon after the event is held.

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  10. Dave D. Thompson
    Dave D. Thompson April 2, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    All the UN is doing here is warning their personnel by repeating what the police have put out recently …why some bajans r so narrow minded beats me

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    • Dach Tomas
      Dach Tomas April 2, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      i dont understand either

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    • Dave D. Thompson
      Dave D. Thompson April 2, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      We behave like external agencies have sain against us …we r just a little fish in a big pond …people need to grow up

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  11. Ossie Moore April 2, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Bajans in denial as always : dah en true wuh de UN picking pun buhbaydus fuh doh ? Nuttin like dah doan happun hey in buhbaydus ! ! !

    We can see it happenin en other Islands like Jamaica , Trinidad , Guyana an de other low islands but violent crime en buhbaydus dat is a big big lie mon.

    Thanks UN for finally stepping up to the plate to warn your people about violent crime in Barbados, the island has become a very violent place to live in and visit and the worst thing anyone can do is tell bajans that they country is ” going to jalopy in a small boat .

    The bajans will agree with you that there is violent crime in the other Caribbean Islands but as always they go into deep denial when you mention crime in their country.

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  12. Mudiwa Cisse
    Mudiwa Cisse April 2, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Imagine that..The UN warning its personnel of robberies in Barbados when they have been raping and robbing Africa and poor countries for decades.

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  13. jrsmith April 2, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    As a bajan living in the (UK) I am beginning to feel a bit scared , when i am in barbados , been driven around with friends and family and thats being honest …. anything seems possible to happen …….
    For me I am a very, very proud bajan , because all the years I have lived and work in the (UK) I am still the proud owner of only my barbados passport,,, my honesty, extends to the fact visiting lots of countries that the only 2 countries I would live in is Barbados and the (UK)……
    The people of barbados has been let down, by our politicians ,you cannot see nothing from them as they are not capable of managing barbados …….sad for us all who really cares for our people……………………………………………..

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  14. Greengiant April 2, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    @jrsmith; you keep saying that this government is not capable of managing Barbados. I’ve heard that, but tell me please. Who is capable of managing the country?

    While I’m not politically swayed by either of the leading parties. I am aware that there is an international effort with high level local influence to bring this administration to the polls. It has even reached the UN, these people want power so badly they’ve even pulled in all their international resources.

    They need to let Barbados deal with it’s own affairs, but big promises are already being made to sell out this country if power is acquired with the assistance of certain local, regional and international players. All will be revealed in time.

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  15. jus me April 2, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    IF you feel Barbados is SAFE,think again, it jus yuh luck you ent bin target yet>>

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  16. Sam clarke April 2, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    BAJANS, ARE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, WHEN IT COMES TO SECURITY. THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL.
    WHEN YOU HAVE A COMPLACENT GOVERNMENT , THIS IS WHAT YOU GET.

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  17. Jennifer April 2, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    @Mudiwa cisse – All praises for truth, partiality and consciousness. When people say that Bajans are asleep I wonder if they really know what asleep really means or what we call a loss of consciousness. This people lost consciousness long, long ago. “Robbing Africa and poor countries” Barbados comes under poor countries too. Try awakening the people and see you get beat down by the same tactical shyte as before. Nice pic.

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  18. jrsmith April 2, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    @, Greengiant , hail, hail, good shot on the button , Barbados is there for the taking but not by bajans……..
    We all must welcome in the era of (Politic Corporate Corruption ) to Barbados … but just look beyond Barbados and see where this extends to ……… Try picking up on the (UK) as a starter…….

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  19. Mikey April 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    @jrsmith, if all the politicians have failed Barbados, then try some drug dealers or Mafia Men.
    I hope your stay in the UK is/was productive with no racial discrimination or lockup in a mental institution like Buddy Larrier.
    Please don’t think that Barbados is the worst country in the world.
    Try Haiti, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jamaica, Trinidad or Guyana, then return to Barbados and report to the rest of us.
    I AM WAITING FOR A FEW POSITIVES FROM YOU ABOUT THE COUNTRY OF OUR BIRTH.
    Please note that South Africa just fired their Minister of Finance and the new guy on the block wants to do a Robert Mugabe/Zimbabwe thing by taking away land from the minority whites without compensation. Maybe the Whites should give up the land and flee the country !!!

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    • Jennifer April 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      @Mikey – good night. Large Question. The countries starting with Haiti etc to the end of your entry. What do they all have in common?????????????? And > do you think it is right that the new guy should do a Robert Mugabe????

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  20. Ossie Moore April 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    See wuh i tell wunna ? bajans in big denial . . . . . de wurds en even outta ma mout yet before MIKEY stat repeating dum like e es a parrot.

    Listen to wuh MIKEY just dun seh :

    ” Please don’t think that Barbados is the worst country in the world.
    Try Haiti, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jamaica, Trinidad or Guyana ”

    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck , then it is a duck. the bajans will be bajans , they live by denial and will die by denial .

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  21. Arlington Andrews Farley
    Arlington Andrews Farley April 2, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    what next ?

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  22. Bobolee popo April 2, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Barbados cool man
    they is no crime nor gangs bout hey..

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  23. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner April 3, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Wow Barbados going to the sewer when a international agency is issuing an advisory next it’s going to be a tourist travel advisory wonder what is RBPF going to do about thisPoliticians ya all clowns better take note.

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  24. jrsmith April 3, 2017 at 5:38 am

    @, Mikey, hail, hail, good shots , I am not the one who you should point your finger at, our bajan politicians have failed us yes, but we need our own bajans to step up and put barbados right.. ..

    Mikey please stop spewing out this rubbish , come on you know better , I dont personally know you but your taking part in this forum and firing of good points is a good contribution…………….

    You people so dislike the (UK) and to hell the (UK) has saved our asses so many times, our basic survival is being in the commonwealth…..
    I have a very good bajan background , I only have to say a couple words and people will know where i am coming from and who i am…..
    …………………………………………………………………………………
    Mikey as for the talk of drug dealers and Mafia men , you must ask yourself the question , its easier to buy guns and drugs in Barbados ,than sweet potatoes and is any of these people being arrested, so they are having the influence in Barbados………..

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  25. Walter Prescod April 3, 2017 at 6:44 am

    The UN has again shown its ugly face, when it comes to developing countries. They should now do the same what they did with the report on Israel.

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  26. Barry Telesford
    Barry Telesford April 3, 2017 at 7:47 am

    So what about the average citizens. They not important? Like the UN have nothing better to do these days.

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  27. seagul April 3, 2017 at 7:52 am

    The UN charter was violated by the US invasion of Iraq – did the UN take action? No. (To argue that Iraq was about to invade the US, and that they had to take pre-emptive action is the height of absurdity). So what if this Declaration of Rights is utterly ignored – will the UN take action?-of course not. Until the UN enforces its own anti-war charter, everything it says is so much BS. Having refused to declare the invasion of Iraq illegal, the UN is just another war-enabling, mass murder-complicit institution good for nothing but generating hot air. We can go on and on about their proven gold smuggling and rebel arming activities in the beloved land of Congo, especially in the east.

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  28. JM April 3, 2017 at 8:48 am

    When I read a few of the comments made by ‘ jrsmith ‘ I am reminded of the quote by J.D.Bernal: ” The full area of ignorance is not mapped; we are at present only exploring its fringes.” How true!

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  29. jrsmith April 3, 2017 at 11:55 am

    We are so much in denial , I dont want barbados to be align with anyone we still have a way of life, which is envied by lots of people around the world , we are all bajans I hope , not because lots of us care and we are hiding behind many thing as an excuses, but we are that far ahead of lots of the world we have a base to step off from…
    Thats what annoys me , but we are struggling ………………
    ……………………………………………,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Try this for size , people all be honest , you all cannot be firing shots at the (UN) when we were elevate by the said (UN) as the island who punches way above its weight……….now a days we cant even punch , throw a hook or an uppercut………………

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  30. Tony Waterman April 3, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    @all who think that the UN is doing something other than Alerting it’s Worker to a “REALITY” think again, has any of you who think that the UN is being unfair to Barbados ever stop to think of WHY the UN would even be interested in this little 14×9 Island out in the Atlantic???
    You all are failing to realise that BArbados IS in the Eye of the whole World, because of our PAST Reputation as a well run and law abidibg Country, now we are RAPIDLY headi in the Direction of being the “CESSPOOL” of the Caribbean/Central/South America.

    So STOP trying to Blame every and anyone for what OUR own People (Politicians) have done to us in the last 50 Years.

    Barbados were warned many times by many of the people who write on ese Comments, that what was happening in Jamaica, T&T and Guyane was heading in our Direction, and they (The politicians) FAILD MISERABLY in preparing for the Scourge that was about to be unleashed on us, Guns, Dope, et al.

    So now that the Barbarians are at our Gate, everyone is seeking to blame someone else for OUR Problems.

    When i suggested that Barbados NEEDED a Lee Kuan Yew, i was Thoroughly Castigate and accused of wanting a Dictator, but Check there is NO GUN VIOLENCE in that Country, and NO UN Warnings. WHY???

    They have LAWS that deal Harshly with CRIMINALS that Violate the Laws of that Country, and thes Laws are and Have Worked well for them, so instead of trying to Accuse the UN of Being Anti Brbados, how about Getting our Venerable AG.Mr.Adriel Brathwaite to bring forward some Legislation to Deall :HARSHLY” with these Criminals, without any care for what the “BLEEDING HEARTS” will say.

    BTW!! If they did NOT get rid of RAP Brown, these Gun Toters would NOT be Running around commiting Crimes at will, they would Probably be in Body Bags by Now, but Someone Got Scared of a good Man (I will say no more about that)

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  31. Tony Waterman April 3, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    We were Rejoicing when that same UN said that Barbados was Punching above it’s Weight, but they Can’t say that there is Crime in barbados, which is “TRUE”

    Here is what Te UK, Canada, adn The USA are Saying about the Same issue that the Un is Talking about, and PLEASE note the WORDING of all three messages.

    GOV.UK
    Safety and security
    Crime
    Most visits are trouble-free, but there have been incidents of violent crime including armed robbery and sexual assaults.

    You should maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as you would in the UK and make sure your accommodation is secure. This also applies if you are staying on a yacht. Be vigilant at all times. Take care when walking alone off the busy main roads and avoid isolated areas, including beaches, particularly after dark.

    Only use licensed taxis and take particular care at late night street parties, especially during the festival season.

    Don’t carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. If possible, leave valuables and travel documents in a safety deposit box or hotel safe. You should check that the hotel safe is securely fixed before using it to store your items.

    The local police have advised residents and visitors against wearing visible gold jewellery due to a spate of robberies particularly in Bridgetown and other popular tourist areas.

    Government of Canada:
    Last updated: March 16, 2017 12:57 ET
    Still valid: April 3, 2017 12:42 ET
    Safety and security
    Crime
    Most visits to Barbados are trouble-free, but there are incidents of crime, including armed robbery and sexual assault. Petty crime and crimes of opportunity are most common. Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution, especially when walking alone, even during the day. Avoid isolated or poorly lit areas, especially on beaches. Keep your car doors locked, windows rolled up, and personal belongings, including handbags, safely stored at traffic lights, where you could be a target for thieves.

    Road safety
    Roads are narrow and poorly lit in rural areas. Road signs are scarce. There are many pedestrians and cyclists, and few sidewalks. Roadside assistance is not widely available. Locating a phone booth in rural areas may be difficult. Seatbelt laws are strictly enforced.

    In the event of an accident, call the police and do not move the vehicle.
    Public transportation

    Buses and vans are often crowded and travel at high speed.

    Taxis are generally safe and reliable. They do not use meters; therefore, it is best to negotiate the price before you get in. There are standard taxi fares for most destinations. Confirm the fare with the driver before departing. Only use licensed taxis and take particular care late at night.

    Do not leave valuables unattended on the beach or carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. Leave your valuables and travel documents in your hotel room safe. If the safe is not securely fixed to the wall, use the safety deposit box at the front desk, if available.

    Always lock and secure your hotel room doors and windows.

    US Department of State:
    Safety and security
    Crime
    Most visits to Barbados are trouble-free, but there are incidents of crime, including armed robbery and sexual assault. Petty crime and crimes of opportunity are most common. Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution, especially when walking alone, even during the day. Avoid isolated or poorly lit areas, especially on beaches. Keep your car doors locked, windows rolled up, and personal belongings, including handbags, safely stored at traffic lights, where you could be a target for thieves.

    Do not leave valuables unattended on the beach or carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. Leave your valuables and travel documents in your hotel room safe. If the safe is not securely fixed to the wall, use the safety deposit box at the front desk, if available.

    Always lock and secure your hotel room doors and windows.

    BARBADOS, and BAJANS have to STOP trying to have their cake and eat it also, Listen to Rupee.

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    • Jennifer April 3, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      All of that lot of writing is the respective countries protecting their people which is all good. Mind you it is only black people committing crimes against black people. The little rum shop that a rat can run through and get away >> the shelves so bare. What we NEED to happen is for the REAL TERRORIST and CRIMINALS to be brought to JUSTICE in order to bring about a LEVEL playing field. But as jrsmith say they in denial, but I think they in GROSS DARKNESS also which is causing their demise. I apply the song of the honorable Mr Luther Ingram to this people. May the god of Jacob rest his soul.
      If loving YOU is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
      If being right means being without you I’d RATHER live along doing wrong.
      Your momma and daddy (past) said its a shame its a downright DISGRACE
      As long as I got YOU by my side I don’t care what your people say.
      If I can see you when I want I’ll see you when I can.
      Am I wrong to fall so DEEPLY in love with you ………………………………….

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      • Jennifer April 3, 2017 at 2:18 pm

        Now we just have to resort to be living the song by the sweet boys >>>>>> the BEE GEES. STAYING ALIVE hahahahahaha

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