UPDATED: New Shooting At Warrens Complex – U.S. Embassy In Barbados Issues “Crime In Barbados” Alert To American Citizens

Revisiting A Tourist Crime Of 2008

One of our readers commented on this story from a year ago and brought it again to our attention. Almost a year to the day before the February 2009 Long Beach attacks, tourists on group eco-tours were held up at gunpoint. We can’t remember whether the culprits were ever arrested or what promises the police and politicians made to implement more security for the very foundation of our economy: foreign tourists.

Perhaps someone from the RBPF or Commissioner Dottin himself can re-read this story and bring us up-to-date…

Original story as published by BFP on February 26, 2008…

UPDATED: Bank Customer Shot & Tourists Held Up In New Separate Incidents

The US Department of State Travel Alert below was issued before yesterday’s new incidents of a tour group robbed at gunpoint at the Springvale Eco-heritage Museum and then a bank customer shot…

Man Shot In Robbery

Police are continuing their hunt tonight for the armed bandits involved in two robberies earlier today, one of which left a victim nursing a gunshot wound. It was a scary moment for shoppers at the super centre warrens complex today, after an armed robbery.

Eyewitnesses say an elderly man was robbed by two gunmen, after leaving the FirstCaribbean Bank. They report hearing gunshots and the elderly man screaming.

It’s believed the robbers shot the man in his thigh, before making off with an undisclosed sum of money. The elderly man managed to get back to the bank, where and ambulance was called. He was then taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Police say they are looking for two man presumed armed and dangerous, and using a white Toyota Corolla with the licence plates MB 5817. (CBC story link here)

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Crime In Barbados

U.S. citizens visiting or living in Barbados should be aware that on January 16 and again on January 30 groups of tourists on guided tours of the island were the victims of highly unusual robberies or attempted robberies at gunpoint. In the second incident, shots were fired by the assailants, although there were no reported injuries. Barbados police believe they have identified and are actively seeking at least some of the perpetrators of the two crimes, but to date no arrests have been made.

Most Americans who visit Barbados enjoy trouble-free visits to the island. However, U.S. citizens who are the victims of crimes in Barbados are encouraged to contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy, which is located in the Wildey Business Park, Wildey, St. Michael…

…US Embassy In Barbados (link here)

This Should Go Over Very Well With The Cruise Lines

Our disgust at our new-found international fame is only exceeded by our lack of faith in the current senior management of the Royal Barbados Police Force. When our police management isn’t ordering officers to perform strip-searches over back-rent for a corrupt Director of Public Prosecutions – or to beat on reporters for taking photos of an accident scene, perhaps they might condescend to organise some real police work?

To be fair, the last BLP government starved the police budget to death and believed that officers should clear everything with a politician before proceeding with an arrest. It will take years to undo the damage that was done, but until Prime Minister Thompson fires Commissioner Dottin, nothing will even start to truly change.

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56 responses to “UPDATED: New Shooting At Warrens Complex – U.S. Embassy In Barbados Issues “Crime In Barbados” Alert To American Citizens

  1. Anon

    The Barbados govt. needs to come down hard on criminals.

    The Royal Barbados Police Force must be given all the support law abiding citizens can give it.

    My prayers go out to them as they grapple with this worrying situation.

  2. Donald Duck, Esq

    What about the 2 robberies yesterday, one of which involved a group of tourists.

  3. Roadie

    Not good news at all for our tourist business. Mobilise a police task force promptly to catch and prosecute the perpetrators. Crimes like this can hurt our economy badly.

  4. John

    It was just a matter of time.

    We really need to get our act together.

    Barbados became ugly a while ago as Barbadians lost touch with their old time common sense.

    It will not be easy reversing the downward spiral involved in so called development.

    It is not only the Police that need to act, all of us do.

  5. GreenBB

    Well there is plenty of room at the new jail right?

    This is something to think about…my husband has been stopped 2x in the RBPF License/Insurance/Registration sweeps. (Both of which he passed!) Haven’t these sweeps netted persons who have overstayed their welcome or other criminal elements. It’s time for the RBPF to stop strolling and hit the ground running to solve these cases.

  6. littleboy

    The Nation newspaper should never have put that story on the front page.
    While I do not agree with hiding the truth, there is no need to promote such ugly scenes for the world to see.
    We are still very dependent on tourism for our foreign exchange dollars, and the silly acts of some Bajans do enough harm without having them highlighted.
    I hope the new government sees crime for what it really is-a scourge- and implements measures to stamp out the lawlessness.
    The sad thing is that too many of our citizens do not realize the importance of tourism. True enough, many of the ordinary workers feel marginalized, but that is no excuse to kill the “golden egg goose”.
    BTA and Minister of Tourism must make a statement too…which reminds me…what has happened that the BTA board has taken so long to be named???

  7. reality check

    Tourism and Offshore Banking are our two big foreign income earners. If we can’t get our act together, we can kiss these two industries goodbye.

  8. Maat

    We keep looking at the problem, yet just as a plant has a stem or a vine from which it grows to a fruit, we sometimes do not seek the source and consider it and how vital it is.
    It is vital that we understand the nature of our education system and how this impacts on the life, aspirations and development of our citizens.
    It is not productive to train children to accept/ expect a position of superiority due to a rating given to them from primary school. This nonsense of grading children in position in class ie 1st, 2nd…etc. Allowing this rating system throughout the school system does not only leave children with a superiority complex, it also leaves other children with an inferiority complex that most cannot shake off.
    When we expand this nonsense to ‘superior’ schools we leave a majority of schoolchildren with an inferiority complex.
    What I believe happens is that some children grow up with feelings of been inadequate, inferior and unlikely to ‘succeed’ no matter what they try.
    After all, when they tried their best at school they still came in outside the top ten. Some will say why try.
    Beyond school some of these disenchanted youth want acceptance and they want the trappings. For them it is a high, the gold, the girls and the gear.
    Most of the violent robbers are not guys stuck for money to cover their rent or pay their motor insurance. The ones who steal to do these things went to the ‘superior’ schools.

    Peace

  9. Fun cruiser

    BFP where is Adrian Loveridge? He disappeared with the elections. He maybe able to answer this question from littleboy
    ………………………………………………………………………
    what has happened that the BTA board has taken so long to be named???
    ………………………………………………………………….
    ……….
    Minister Sealey named another board the Tourism Investment Board(??).What shocked us in the industry is he named former Noel Lynch henchman Oliver Jordan as chairman. Does Sealey realise Bajans voted for change. Jordan openly backed BLP in 2003 election and was extremely critical of David Thompson. Does Sealey know something we dont know.

  10. John

    Maat

    The ones who steal to do these things went to the ’superior’ schools.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I went Harrison College and I don’t get involved in violent robberies, at least not yet!! I also avoid the non violent ones too.

    Can’t think of one of my classmates who has been known to have been involved in any violent robbery, perhaps none was caught.

    If the people who went to “superior schools”, assuming HC is a superior school, are now getting involved, there must have been a great change from when I was there.

    I was never taught to feel superior or inferior when I was there, …… just to try my best with what I have. For me, school days were happy days.

    I understand your argument about inferiority/superiority complex but I don’t think ranking and rating at school does it and I don’t think either complex causes people to become involved in violent robbery.

    Competition is good!!

    I just don’t know how a mind that perpetrates a violent robbery works and can only guess and I would guess that people from “superior” schools are not involved.

    There must be statistics somewhere.

    ……. I would guess however that people from superior schools are involved in white collar crime, and for the simple reason that white collar jobs are usually filled by these people.

    … think lawyers, accountants, politicians, etc. etc., a different type of crime, but crime nonetheless.

  11. Tony Hall

    The Police Force has the ability to solve a lot of these crimes but it has not been given the necessary resources to do so. A lot of unnecessary money has been spent on the Defence Force over the years. Firing COP Dottin will not solve the problem. I see someone asking that the police do searches and stops but when these actions are taken people complain. I have always said that working people who are concentrating on providing for their families don’t get in trouble with the law unless it is a traffic offense. The criminal element and those who support that element do conflict with the law most times.

  12. Maat

    Hi John,

    You did grasp my point to some extent even though I did not make myself clear.

    I meant that some of those who steal(without violence ie white collar) attend the superior schools.

    I agree that some forms of competition are good and every child or person needs to compete or challenge themselves, we do not need to compete with each other.

    However our criminal concerns are not about our school rating system alone.

    The plant grows and throws out many vines, stalks leaves and fruit. All are different, each growth catches light and water in different ways, all strive all however do not thrive.

    Peace

  13. Bimbro

    But why are you surprised by this?? You’re only following the route of the Jamaicans, which you so love to do!!!! Jamaica today, Bim tomorrow, or you feel you’re missing-out!!!!

    Prepare for more of the same, thanks to your misguided, following of de Jamaicans dem!!!!

  14. Bimbro

    The US embassy bulletin sounds a very, fair and moderated one to me. Obviously, they have a duty to try to protect their people!! I hope the police will wake-up, eventually, and as BFP declare, ‘actually, DO some real police work’!!!!

    It’s no wonder I don’t feel I could ever live in Bim, again!! The lackadaisical pace at which the Bajees seem to approach, everything makes me wonder!!!!

    Anyhow, you’re still my people, so I still wish you well!!!!

  15. White boy

    ‘MAAT ‘ As I hear what you are saying and can see some sence in it, I truly beleive the true issue, is still to many disfunctional homes in this country. Too many fathers not present, too many grand parents raising children, who can’t cope. We need to really find a method of helping people to get out of this terrible cycle. The schools can only do so much but if the family structure is not there, then you are planting seeds in unfertile soil.

  16. John

    Maat
    February 27, 2008 at 4:28 am
    Hi John,

    You did grasp my point to some extent even though I did not make myself clear.

    I meant that some of those who steal(without violence ie white collar) attend the superior schools.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    All of our previous PM’s claim to have come from Harrison College!!

  17. John

    Maat

    Here is another view on childhood relating to materialism. Saw it in the Nation today on page 23A and they “lifted” it from the BBC, to which the below link refers.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7262936.stm

  18. boom

    The first US Advisory should be a wake-up call for the Authorities, it’s definitely a blemish on them and some politicians.
    It will become ‘monkey see, monkey do’ amongst the criminals as long as no one is caught.
    Tourist are easy pickin’s, most only stay a week…but the end results could be dramatic.
    It will become ‘spread the word’ with tourist and visitor’s, Barbados is a dangerous place.
    The crime effects may not be felt now, but in the future those big tourist dollars will go elsewhere.
    The tour buses will go empty, because the word will be out about armed robberies, taxi’s will also go empty because people would travel in groups because of the escalating crime. Word would spread thru-out the tourist industry about how unsafe this island is now…They need to fix the problem (make 3 or 4 arrest) and blast it in the media to save jobs.

  19. victor

    I’ve visited Barbados many times. I usually rent an inexpensive place for a month or so. I hate those all inclusive places. And as a result, I have made some very nice local friends. But each time I have visited, tourists I’ve met during their trip have been robbed and or mugged. I have been robbed twice, once from a hotel room where I was staying just one night (later threatened with a cutlass on the beach by the thief to stop me telling the police. I had been too scared to tell the policeman the thief’s name anyway!) and the second time for BDS2,500 by my very well to do landlord.

    We bought an ex- hire jeep together which we planned to rent to visitors on the arrangement that I could use the car when I came as well as a share of the profits from the renting of the car. I didn’t get use of the car when I got there, nor would he give me my share of the money back (the 2,500 was my half of the cost and half of the insurance as well). Luckily I knew a good local lawyer, who sent him a very tough letter. How amazed he was to see that! Finally got my share of the purchase price back but no more even though he’d been using and renting out the car for a whole year. We had no contract but I had kept copies of documents as proof and photos of the car before and after its hire plates were changed. Not only is this man far richer than I am, he has a university education – see comments from earlier. Yet how ignorant he must have been to think I would not take legal action.

    How ignorant was I to have trusted him. Plenty of people all over the island know of this incident I am pleased to say, though several guys said I should not talk about it! Who needs pudding and souse when you have the barbados grapevine! My lawyer advised me to complain to my embassy who would contact the Tourist Authority who in turn would revoke his licence to rent to tourists. I was tempted but just left it alone after I got my money back. The whole thing dragged on a month and ruined my holiday as well as involving me in legal expenses. But talk about killing the goose that laid the golden egg. I will never recommend his establishment to anyone, on the contrary, I’ve warned people off it in person and on the internet. Thank heavens I never went along with his other scheme of buying a plot of land together! He said “let’s just use one lawyer when we buy the land (his lawyer of course) it will save us money “!!!!! I thought I would try out the car purchase exercise just to see how it went before buying land together…

    But I bet people get really fed up with tourists and the way they flash their money around. It must be very tempting to a young person, especially if they have been mixing with young rich surfer dudes from the States who have drugs and money to burn. Sometimes when visiting Barbados I feel like I am a supermarket for local theives who think hey, let’s go plunder the tourist! Yes, tourism is important but we saw on 9/11 how over-dependence on tourism can cause the economy to grind to a halt the minute the tourists decide not to travel. Apart from the two incidents I mentioned, I have received nothing but kindness and generosity from people when I have visited Barbados. Once my purse was stolen on my way to Barbados and an elderly lady friend of mine, very poor herself, brought me a leg of chicken, some flour, oil, milk, sugar and tea when she heard of my predicament.

    There’s too much a contrast between rich and poor on Barbados. The cost of food to a pensioner compared to a cart of groceries at Supercentre is terrible. I travel on my own and am quite scared of someone breaking in at night so I am trying Grenada and Carriacou next time i hear there is less crime.

  20. yatinkinkiteasy

    All it takes is one tourist to get shot to death in one of these robberies, and our Tourism is over…done….at least for a while….no amount of Advertising…”Beyond Your Imagination” or any other tactic can overcome such an incident…
    The police have to find these gun toting people, who may or may not be Bajans, and stop these assaults before something terrible happens.

  21. Adrian Loveridge

    Fun Cruiser..

    I’m still around. Its just this is the busiest time of the year for us.
    I am as anxious as anyone to see who is on the new BTA board.
    I hope that Oliver Jordan was chosen to chair the BTII board because he was the best person for the job, and no other reason.

  22. rumboy

    Adrian, the Minister should have chosen someone new. It sends a very confusing message to those who are in the industry, don’t you think. They are so many qualified people out there. Disappointing for sure.

  23. rumboy

    Victor, I have never met a rich surfer dude in all my years. I have met though dudes who are rich and think they are surfers.

  24. Socialist

    The USA should be the last place to talk about this country. They should check the level of crime at home

  25. Cooligan

    the biggest problem or issue with this whole affair is the rise of the deviant alternative life style in Barbados. this lifestyle is nurtured in the minivans and the dubs among other places. there is no attempt to conform because one can exist pretty ok( well for limited minds) in this subset. just think about it, the police received no information as yet but this “white Toyota” must be coming from a neighbourhood and the plates must be visible on the car at some time.
    the deviant bad boy lifestyle frowns on informing to the extent that even people who would not rob or sell drugs but maybe are on the fringe of the lifestyle because they gamble on the block, or go to dubs, football, cockfights or dogfights or the weekend picnics would not even CONSIDER forwarding info to the police. That is most important; that a subset of society and a large growing subset have placed themselves away from traditional Bajan Societal norms and standards and criminals will continue to hide and operate from that subset unless something can be done.

  26. Cooligan

    please check on my moderation status BFP . let me know if its my IP number

  27. The people must be first not politricks

    All I want is that when these criminals are caught, that they be given 300 years up Dodds.

  28. Tell me Why

    Littleboy, these are your words:
    “The Nation newspaper should never have put that story on the front page.
    While I do not agree with hiding the truth, there is no need to promote such ugly scenes for the world to see”.
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    Are we displaying double standards here? Regardless where this story appears in the newspapers, it will be seen. If the story was placed in the middle of the papers, we will hear talk of sweeping information under the carpet.

    Littleboy, which is more degrading, the story in the newspapers, or the loose innuendos with anti-police rhetoric and partisan hypocrisy aired on the blogs for the whole world to see? Think about it.

  29. Welcome back, Mr Loveridge. I am sure most of us will wish you and your esteemed little hotel all the best for the present season with a high occupancy rate. I hope you will have time for your usual valued insights on this blogsite.

    I share your view that we must hope Oliver Jordan will do a good job. As senior executive of a leading commercial bank, it is virtually a requirement of office to keep on good terms with those in authority. We should not hold his past dealings with BLP against him, and give him the chance to settle in with the new administration.

  30. Kat

    Maybe the government should start hanging people again and you will be sure to see a decline in crime and violence.

    But that may not happen on our precious island unless it is a big up, or rich person!

  31. John

    How do these crimes against these visitors compare with the disappearance of money from a visitor’s room at Sandy Lane?

    Why were we so difficult to convince that money had in fact disappeared and that the Police were doing their job?

    How could it be that the whole island was threatened with shutdown as a result of the disappearance of a visitor’s money from his/her room?

    Why did it take close to three weeks for the Police to confirm that money was still missing and they were still conducting investigations?

    What might have happened if the visitor had returned to his/her room when the money was in the process of disappearing?

    Each robbery has its own set of circumstances but surely any robbery is a crime and it is right for anyone to expect that crime, any crime, should not pay.

  32. boom

    Sandy Lane theft reads like a inside job…a Lie Detection machine would solve that case…Test everyone possible, something might turn up.

    As for the gun toting street thugs who commited those robberies … Post a substantial reward, $2,500.00 to $5,000.00 should get results.

  33. Adrian Loveridge

    Deb Thomas..

    Thank you for the good wishes.

    I see from a press release (26 February) that the BTA is bringing back the heavily discounted Best of Barbados programme from 1st May 2008.

    US$200 air credit, 1 night free, free breakfast, etc.

    For small hotels like ours its pointless to try and compete or from an economic point of view, participate in this programme.

    We might as well stay closed in the summer.

    What are your thoughts?

  34. The Truth

    Crime is bad where ever it happens….
    Lets issue a travel alert for the USA….
    Now…. that is scary !!!!

  35. boom

    The Truth
    There’s no comparison
    Barbados Square Miles = 166
    USA Square Miles = 3,537,441

    Barbados Population = 280,000
    USA Population = 301,139,947

    and most major cities have travel advisory’s.

  36. Bimbro

    Adrian Loveridge
    February 27, 2008 at 10:01 pm
    Deb Thomas..

    Thank you for the good wishes.

    I see from a press release (26 February) that the BTA is bringing back the heavily discounted Best of Barbados programme from 1st May 2008.

    US$200 air credit, 1 night free, free breakfast, etc.

    For small hotels like ours its pointless to try and compete or from an economic point of view, participate in this programme.

    We might as well stay closed in the summer.

    What are your thoughts

    *********************************

    Don’t understand this, at all!! Thought you should benefit from a greater influx of tourists. Surely, the BTB does n’t run their own hotels!!!!

    What’s goin on?!!! Plus, it smacks of anti-competitiveness, if you should n’t benefit from this programme!!!! Or is your hotel too, up-market for most tourists?!!!!

  37. Citizen First

    Bimbro, re “What’s goin on?!!! ”

    The Minister of Tourism is Mr Noel Lynch. Oh wait a minute, I just may have got that wrong…

  38. Evergreen

    I hope Richard Sealy know what he doing, appointing Oliver Jordan as Chairman of that Board got more than a few people upset. Richard, other people got brains too, we vote for CHANGE, not the same old, same old.

  39. rumboy

    Bimbro, I agree. Like nothing isn’t going to change.

  40. Surprised in Toronto

    We too are taken aback with the new tourist Minister Richard Sealey reinstating Oliver Jordan. Jordan was an unpopular and controversial close ally of Barney Lynch. His knowledge of the hospitality industry is miniscule at best.

    Surely there are dozens of talented Barbadians sans his soiled baggage who could be tapped for the post. Why return to the discredited policies and cronies of Lynch?

    I have a hunch the opposition will be constantly auffait with developments in Tourism Ministry. You’ve made a big time boo boo Minister Sealey.

  41. Shoot, sad to hear about this affair. I just recommended a 4×4 tour to a visitor on my site. By just, I mean literally an hour before I saw this story on here. Arghh. This stuff makes me mad. Barbados continues to shoot itself in the proverbial foot. Now do I have to go alarm the visitor with an email to check out the Embassy bulletin? *shaking my head*

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  43. deathknell

    man, and they don’t have robberies in America?…….how come no one alerts us when bajans get shot in america?

  44. Adrian Loveridge

    Bimbro…

    Barbados will indeed benefit from more visitors BUT only if they pay more than the actual product costs.
    Our formula is not rocket science.
    Its simply about providing value for money.

    In September BOB offers a US$300 air credit, 2 nights accommodation free, daily free breakkfast, US$25 Oistins Fish Fry voucher etc.

    Do you really think this is creative way to market an upscale destination?

  45. Bimbro

    Adrian, I did n’t have an opinion on the subject as I was unaware of its detail but, on reading your description, it makes no sense to me!! However, if the new admin. is continuing the programme perhaps, you should ask them!!!!

    What is the logic of it?!!!!

  46. I received a local warning in my email this morning about an attempted carjacking on Thursday, 21 Feb in the brightly lit car park of TGI Fridays, right in the busy heart of the South Coast tourist area.

    The bandit held a gun to the head of the driver, demanding the car keys, then to his wife’s head. Four others in their party (I believe they were all members of the Canadian Womens’ Club) saw what was happening and started shouting for help. The would-be carjacker jumped into a waiting car driven by a female accomplice. and made off. That car was later found abandoned, no doubt having been stolen.

    I do not know if this has been in the news, but it should be by now. Perhaps there are other such instances being concealed from tourists and the general public?

  47. Max

    Barbados will soon be blacklisted in every major tourism market.

    Part of a bigger problem – We are allowing any and everyone to come here work and stay without knowing their true agenda.

    Remember this!!

  48. andy bys

    I honestly feel that the governments of the Caribbean should stop taking the returns from America after they go up there and learn all of the big crime . If some one leave here at age 2 and live there all of their life and have a green card ,they belong there . If some one from the Caribbean discover the cure for aids , they would not say that they are from the islands , the Americans would want to embrace them . So they should keep their crime .

  49. peter, London UK

    Here in London we’ve had an influx of eastern europeans. Though many are hard working, their are a significant few who are responsible for recent crime rises in hard drugs, robberies, prostitution, murders and fraud. The police cannot cope due to the large numbers therefore will only prioritise murders.
    Do like Australia, foreign criminals set back to their country. domestic criminals receive harsh sentencing.
    time to wake up.

  50. Peggy

    I am so sorry to hear about all the crime in Barbados. I had been thinking about moving to Royal Westmoreland. But do to all the crime in Barbados I will not be moving.I have been to your country 29 times back in the 80’s & 90’s really love Barbados.If you can tackle the crime it would help you out with your real estate. I was wondering why there were so many places for sale, that is why I thought I would check out the crime.People would move if they no that the crime is cleaned up. I know that there is crime every where. But it seems to me it is kind of high and to many guns in Barbados. I know that most of the people in Barbados are really wonderful people.I hope the crime can be cleaned up as well for the good people of your country,so they feel safe as well. I really do love your country. Just hope you can fix the crime.

  51. concerned

    That’s what happens when
    a small island continue to let anybody
    & every body in without screening them prior.
    Some from neighboring islands will certainly use the Caricom passports & travel advancements to organize. expand, saturate and ply
    & perfect their local criminal behavior & activity on this island.

    I have read that Barbados
    is courting Venezuela tourism,
    Venezuela has one of the highest
    Crime Rates in South America!
    http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1059.html
    but We are willing to ignore that for tourist dollars.
    Expect more South American drug trade
    to flood this island, Murders, Drug addiction,
    along with the Drug Turf Wars if they are allowed
    to set up business and flourish on this island.
    Expect more influx of and crime from
    those disenfranchised local citizens with criminal minds,due to the current state of the economy,
    also.

    Checks and Balances are needed ASAP
    if not put into place now, expect
    more headlines like this & the crime
    rates to Rise even higher!

  52. J

    I ain’t responding to this.

    I going to take a Sunday afternoon sleep.

    All windows and doors remain open.

    Crime what.

  53. littleboy

    BFP
    If you really care about Barbados as you claim, why bring back up this issue? What are you hoping to achieve? It is clear that the local authorities are doing their darndest to bring closure to the current problem.

    Please, please remove this latest aberration. Your raising this issue will further damage a fickle industry.

  54. West Side Davie

    I agree littleboy. Never speak of any acts of violence against tourists once they have faded from memory and the news.

    And NEVER NEVER NEVER go back and analyze what the Commissioner of Police and politicians said at the time to see if they did what they promised. NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!

    Let things stay as they are. Shhhhhhh!!!!! Be quiet!

  55. reluctant nonbeliever

    But there’s another way of looking at this, BFP.

    A year ago, some attacks on tourists provoked dire warnings about the likely damage to tourism etc etc….and what happened?

    Nothing.

    Tourist arrivals were affected not one jot.

    Point is, I think most travellers are very well aware that probably no tourist destination on earth is 100% safe.

    And in all honesty, Barbados is a lot safer than some.

    I’m not saying you shouldn’t report this stuff – on the contrary.

    But we all need to keep a little perspective here…