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)
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.