Overgrown bush posing danger to St George community  

Residents of a Groves Cottage, St George community say overgrown bush is creating a danger for them, providing cover for criminals to carry out burglaries.

Following two more break-ins on Wednesday afternoon, they vented to Barbados TODAY about the lack of action on the part of authorities.

All eight houses on one street have been burglarized in recent times, with criminals going back to some of them a second time.

All the houses in the area have been burglarized.

The residents want a neighbourhood watch established as well as the area debushed, as it is not only a hiding place for the thieves but has cow itch which blows into their homes during the dry months.

“We really need to have a neighbourhood watch. We started to get going, but on the day of the meeting nobody came out because it appears only this sides gets robbed because of the overgrown bush,” said resident Sharon Branford whose home was burglarized in November 2014.

She told Barbados TODAY that after that incident, in which she lost $5,000 in valuables, she had to find money to increase security at her home.

Maxine Trammell and her daughter Dymond Trammell, and neighbour Anthazia Mason have been the latest victims. Their homes were broken into between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Footage from a neighbour’s security camera showed a blue vehicle entering and exiting the area at that time.

“We left home around 1:30; the car was spotted on my neighbour’s security camera at 2:15 with the trunk open, and left at 2:49, so they had about 30 minutes between this house and my neighbour’s,” said Dymond, who lost two flat screen televisions, gold, jewelry and bottles of limited edition alcohol that her mother had collected over a 17-year period – all valued around $6,000.

She believes the thieves were observing and monitoring her movements, since they arrived at her home just half hour after she left.

The mother of two year old son was angry after realizing she had been robbed.

“I went into a rage. People work hard for what they want and then to see that there is someone who is so obnoxious to come into your home, into your personal space and take things free of cost, it is nerve wrecking,” Dymond said.

Glenda Elliot’s house was also broken into twice and thieves were unsuccessful in a third attempt. It has left her fearful.

Resident Glenda Elliot

“I am so scared. . . to leave the house,” she said.

Station Sergeant Forde at the District “B” Police Station told Barbados TODAY that investigations were continuing into the robberies. In the meantime, the officer said, there would be a greater police presence in the area.

22 Responses to Overgrown bush posing danger to St George community  

  1. Harri Crich
    Harri Crich May 27, 2017 at 1:45 am

    For me personally, I ain’t waiting on no one to come and debush for me … As long as i hv a sharpened cutlass in my possession I mekking sure i debushing around my home for my security purposes cuz I ain’t waiting or giving delinquent obnoxious c***ts time of day to vandalize my home. So who playing the waiting game, stand dey. As for neighborhood watch, who interested till d time come n backing out,, make sure you do you n f*** off from the rest!!!!

  2. Alejuandro Tezu
    Alejuandro Tezu May 27, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Stop depending on Government to take action for every lil thing. As a community work together gather information needed to clear the bush and cow itch before there was MTW, the people who took action. We have become to dependent on Government for the smallest of things

    • Tony Edwards May 27, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Well said, cant believe people actually waiting on Government for something like that, what happens if they never come, houses will still be broken into come together and sort out wanna self.

    • Nesah Yearwood May 27, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Ok so yes we in this neighbour hood has cleared the bush some what in front of us…but i believe as the land in front of us belongs to the government they should clear it. It is $90 a hr to rent a bob car which can be rented for a minimum of 2 hrs if we pay for 3 hrs they still only have the time to clear a very small piece of the land. So when u say A u have to say B. It is the government land so just as i am responsible for mine so r they for theirs.

  3. jrsmith May 27, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Its about time you all spend some time getting together, doing something for the benefit of you all selves, all you people do spend time praying for what I dont know…….
    I will bet you , you all cannot remember when last you saw your (MP) for the area, ………………………….
    You all have these fancy cell phones , use them to gather evidence … you all people must think about your own and your community security, make sure your houses is secure ………stop moaning clean up your communities………….. this is black on black crime you own people stealing from each other……they wouldn’t dare to steal from the white people……………………

  4. Michele Antoinette
    Michele Antoinette May 27, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Get together as a community and clean up the place or wait for the government to do it and continue to host the thieves. Most people waiting for government to wipe their butts.

  5. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis May 27, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Where is the bush? This is not an appropriate picture. It does not match the headlines.

  6. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne May 27, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I seeing houses not bush

  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner May 27, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Barbados Today where is the bushes because there is none in this pic,damm can news media in Barbados get a headline correct for once.

  8. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith May 27, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Where is the bush,because I ain’t see none in the pic,poor reporting,what these people need to do is to stop depending on government,get together and do the debushing themselves because it is for they benefit,your houses are getting broken into but instead of you working together you complaining.
    Where I live and the place get to bushy we do it ourselves.

  9. Ricardo Jessamy
    Ricardo Jessamy May 27, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Waitttttt! !!!!! this is d wrong pic ??????

  10. Joan E Small
    Joan E Small May 27, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Where is the over grown bush! Those few shrubs! Please go find something important to do and write about! Oxymorons!

  11. Hellkat Sweetz
    Hellkat Sweetz May 27, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Ppl need to come together get their lazy asses up and clean up their community

  12. Hellkat Sweetz
    Hellkat Sweetz May 27, 2017 at 9:02 am

    EJ I was saying that too

  13. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson May 27, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I know a guy who can clear that for 90 an hr. Qiluick too

  14. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson May 27, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Orr wanna need some sheep and cows

  15. Alex Alleyne May 27, 2017 at 9:50 am

    It’s not a matter of “depending on Government”, it is that persons buy land who live in their fancy neighbourhoods or living overseas and don’t look back. With all the bush/trees and rodents and snails some people expect you to go clean it for FREE. If the Powers that be can contact the owner through the Land Tax department and asked them to have it clean or they will clean it for a FEE, or better yet if the people in the area clean it the owner will have to pay them or “lose the LAND.
    Just make sure the Politician for that area not have a seat next election.

  16. ... May 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    1) The picture shows the stretch of houses that were broken in to.

    2)The Residents have tried to maintain it but renting a bob cat proved to be very expensive and does not allow to clear all.

    3) Burning could get out of hand and does not deal with all.

    4)Contacted former owner for him to say it is no longer his land it belongs to the government.

    5) Contacted Ministry of Health as it is an environmental issue….But they said they dont have the resources to do it…etc, etc, etc

    So plz when you guys come on an article dont be so quick to throw your 2 cents because sometimes how a story is written does not always do justice to the situation or miss details… Some of these comments just showcase the level of intelligence of some and the scope of our society where everyone has an answer or an opinion on social media that does not go pass social media to help in real life.

  17. Akieba Norville May 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Yall ppl commenting on this post saying the ppl lazy and all type of things n to get off thier …. but wunna is a bunch of inconsiderate wunna feel the ppl beg to get their homes invaded. if barbados today had showed the overgrown bush yall wud have seen how difficult that area is to clear. The article was posted solely to inform yall about the threat of burgulars in certain areas and to make sure you take extra precautions into protecting your homes and your families.

  18. Nesah Yearwood May 27, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Fa de life a me i cant understand how a heading n 1 sentence got wanna so good….pay attention to the entire story…they also asked for a neighbourhood watch…but wanna freely educated bajans only seeing a headline n part of a sentence…it is about de fact de lil theives aint planning to keep out de ppl houses…if it was one a wanna ya wud hear a different story.

  19. Watchful warrior May 28, 2017 at 8:08 am

    In Mangrove the BWU does have a large pasture that every year it burns but when the residences ask them to cut back the lot of trees when the pasture burns since it would be easier they still don’t do it… Yet mysteriously there aremthree houses they built over 15 years ago that haven’t been occupied that never burns but yet the pasture of bush behind it always burn…. That same lots Bush has been used as a cover for thieves … This is a fact as residence property were found in the bush…

    Residents have tried to cut back the trees but you know what happens no support from the land owner….sometimes people try …they are not always heard….

  20. Alexis May 28, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you so much Watchful Warrior. Those persons who gave the picture-article relation the probability of error as well, thank you. You all are logical persons. The rest of the persons talking about using a cutlass and stop waiting on government etc… it is either you have not taken the time out to correctly analyze the article, which you should do so before you speak, or you have hands to type and a brain that does not function correctly which leads you to speak rubbish! When you do not know the full extent of a situation neither do you know the background ground of it, have a seat and shut up. A mouth is not meant to talk everything,…especially rubbish. The persons on that entire stretch have done numerous things to try to debush or have the area debushed and the attempts were unsuccessful. From renting bobcats and paying $180 per hour, only to have just the front of them cleared…..wild fires were set by random people, numerous persons were contacted on so many occasions, only to hear that they do not have the man power to send to the neighborhood, or, not receiving any calls with correspondence to this situation. The caption under the picture clearly states “All the houses in the area have been burglarized” and the picture is CLEARLY showing the houses in reference to the caption. In other words, the picture is of the houses that were robbed. The bushy area IS NOT being shown any where in this picture. So for those who have so many negatives things to say….kindly have a seat and analyse the article correctly instead of airing your senseless views, when you have absolutely noooo clue about how far this situation expands.


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