Elizabeth Drive, Pine Gardens Crime Alert: Is Erdiston College doing their part?

Barbados Police working hard. Police Inspector Griffith came to the call while off-duty.

With the dramatic and recent increase in crime many folks around the island are banding together and doing what they can to look out for each other and their neighbouring properties. BFP receives quite a few email crime alerts and we’re very interested in following the trends. While we don’t usually publish the individual alerts because they concern localized happenings, this one is noteworthy because it is obvious the police are working hard and keenly interested in a pair of thugs spotted around Elizabeth Drive.

A big thank you to Inspector Griffith who attended a call while off-duty. We at BFP have long been critical of certain aspects of our police force and senior management, but we’ve also said from day one that successive governments have criminally under-funded the police to the point where the organisation is ineffective.

Give praise where praise is due though: Thanks to Inspector Griffith and the other officers who responded to the calls, and are doing their best to find these two dangerous thugs.

Erdiston College not doing what they should?

There is also a reference in the email that Erdiston College is contributing to the problem because they no longer shut their pedestrian back-gate at sunset. Well Erdiston College? Any truth to that?

Here’s the email crime alert from the Elizabeth Drive Pine Gardens Resident Association…

Dear Elizabeth Drive Residents

Please see the below email from our fellow neighbour. Am trying to obtain more information as to the descriptions of these individuals. Please continue to share any pertinent information and to be vigilant.

Many thanks,

Caroline Steinbok, Neighbourhood Liaison – Elizabeth Drive Pine Gardens Resident Association

The Original email

Don’t know if you heard but we’ve had another incident today adding to the ongoing saga of criminals in the area. This info needs to go to all Pine Gardens residents as it is not restricted to Elizabeth Dr.

Here is a brief rundown of what I know so far. I don’t  know if anyone can add to it.

1-There was the robbery of the construction worker in Elizabeth Dr at around 9.am by two men. I am told that after the event, the men ran off North up Eliz. Dr.

2- On the day following or the next day two men were observed from Eliz. Dr. in a tree in the back of the Leacock property looking into the two properties at the northern end of Eliz. Dr. They ran off when the realized that they had been seen.

3- On the following day Thursday (< >10.am) they were again seen, from a distance of about 5 ft, in the Leacock property holding on to the fence of the Atkinson property and looking into the Preece property…one was wearing a mask.

The police were called and they came promptly.

Two cars and 4 men.

They suggested the the culprits might be living in the Leacock property or one of the others next to it. They left and went to the front of the property on Pine Hill with additional police, waited to gain admittance, but no one was there when they eventually checked the property.

N.B. None of the houses on the south of Pine Hill between the British High Commission in the West and the bush in the East beyond The BNS house is currently occupied. The Central Bank property is used occasionally, and the BNS property is between residents.

4- The following Day, Friday around mid-day a hole was discovered cut in the fence between the Leacock and Atkinson properties exactly where the men had been seen the day before.

The police were called and an off duty policeman came. (Inspector Griffith)

5- Today, Monday: One of the culprits was seen and recognized exiting Costain Dr. around 1.30 pm.

The police were again notified and they came. They apparently saw the two men in the valley along the main road south of Pine Gardens but were unable to apprehend them.

The police seem to know the individuals… one of them appears to be about 17 years old and was traveling with a back pack when seen today. It appears that they are either living in one of the properties on Pine Hill or are using them to gain access to our area.

I think that all residents should be brought up to date and be asked to be on the lookout.

Not everyone seems to know about this.

Area Resident Responds

No doubt, these are ‘Town Rats’ operating in the inner suburbs of Bridgetown…and one wonders how many of them transit/escape thru the rat-hole that is the pedestrian back entrance to Erdiston College?

Once upon a time, in a land faaar away and long long ago Erdiston Security used to shut their pedestrian back-gate at sunset and re-open it again at sunrise so that good upstanding citizens and school kids could use the easy transit path during daylight hours, but deny access to Town Rats after dark.

Now it seems Erdiston management no longer cares… and so our standards slip and slip and slip…


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Police

15 responses to “Elizabeth Drive, Pine Gardens Crime Alert: Is Erdiston College doing their part?

  1. barbadian

    SHUT the gate or someone should weld it closed and then they would have to take notice!

  2. Our middle name is INACTION

    I live nearby, and we Pine Gardens people (goodly neighbours of theirs)
    have been pleading with Erdiston Management to re-institute their original security regime
    whereby that back gate of theirs is locked when night falls, and re-opened in the morning light.

    It would seem however that the huge stumbling block in the way to starting-back that common-sense practice
    is a frozen padlock on the gate….no-one has the key
    ….easier to ignore citizens nearby who suffer consequences of Erdiston’s inaction!

    After all, Erdiston Management doan live dey! so what do they care??
    Nice “Christian” attitude, nuh?

    The now-frozen padlock would have to be somehow cut off the gate,
    so the gate could then be shut properly and locked.
    But that would mean getting someone to do something…a new hacksaw blade maybe
    …maybe even a portable oxy-acetylene rig brought in
    to ‘torch’ it off…and you know that would mean
    – a feasibility study, permission from PM’s office, an Act of Parliament,etc.

    Governmental types thrive on INACTION, and this is just one more example.

    The Madam who runs Erdiston is a law unto herself!!
    She does as She pleases!
    and one gets the impression that maybe not even the PM can tell Her how to run Her place!

  3. Posh

    Break off the lock and put on your own at night…

  4. 69

    Padlock is a strong lock. Cannot be broken off just so, with a crawbar.

    besides…local residents don’t want to be having to lock at night and unlock at daybreak as a daily routine: that is a function for salaried persons such as a security outfit.
    If/when the gate gets locked, that would be a near-permanent thing, suffering decent people going to work, schoolkids from nearby schools using Erdistons playing fields etc. i.e. undesirable.

    the solution is having erdiston re-instating their back-gate security regime of the near past but they are simply too gaddam lazy and/or un-caring.
    erdiston are the worst corporate neighbours one could hope for.

  5. Posh

    Ok well sit there and say it aint your job to do something for your own security.

    great attitude.

  6. And it came to pass that...

    …at 6 pm. yesterday a residence 100 yds. away from the wide-open back gate
    was entered by a man in his late 50s or early 60s
    who made off with valuables, and escaped thru said Erdiston Back Gate.


    But never mind:
    Posh is supplying the new chain and padlock
    and will do the closure job himself, so that when the cops finally do get involved
    in the permanent blocking of a public access route
    by a white person,
    HE Posh will take the legal flak in this black society!

    Posh, you en got a clue whuh gyne on, muh brather.
    You want living bout hey!

  7. rasta man

    @and it came to pass :Wonder how you know that “Posh “is a white person?

  8. Posh

    Keep talking about it on a blog and think something will be done. There is a community police officer for that area, who can engage management of erdiston on your behalf…etc etc.

    And who is going to know who padlocks it? I got a clue that when something affects you then you care and are willing to speak out about it, but unless it affects you, you don’t care and cannot be heard from. You have a phone? Use it, find out who is the community officer for your area, see if your idle hands can do that.

  9. 69

    Management of Erdiston WILL NOT be engaged!!!

    Management of Erdiston has already been contacted
    and the response was A LIE on their part..
    ..that ” The Police wanted the gate kept open 24/7.”

    Absolute rubbish!! The Police have already cleared her lie with us!
    She has been exposed for the real bitch she is.

    For the umpteenth time…Madam Erdiston Management is an autocratic Law Unto Herself.
    What we need
    is to have someone get KILLED/DEAD within 10 ft. of the gate
    -then something will be done BY ERDISTON,
    to simply re-instate the logical procedure of a few yrs. ago,
    whereby the gate was locked at nightfall
    and re-opened at daybreak.

    That is all we need. -NOT a complete closure of the gate!

  10. Resident

    Further to the list of sightings in the lead article an individual, presumably one of the original two, was seen jumping from one property, over the fence to another property on Elizabeth Dr. on Saturday. This was about 4.00 in the afternoon. Both of the properties have dogs.

    The police again came but there was not much they can do until something is done about the abandoned and uninhabited properties on Pine Hill which are used for access and as escape routes.

  11. Junior

    Seems like that unmannerly woman Parris, that think she make she self aint change one bit since she teaching days at foundation school.The more ya think things change the more they remain the same !!!

  12. Heh heh heh...

    That last post by Junior says so much about the problem!!

  13. 156

    Residents should ask the the police to have the Environmental Protection Department come in and inspect the old buildings around the school. Its high time to remove them as they are serving no purpose anyhow and most likely creating a health hazard with the old asbestos roofing. Don’t children use that pasture as a play area? They also will definitely cause unwelcomed guests and town rats to pass through and lurk around if the school has no proper lighting or security in the area. Maybe the money is being used for God knows what else. Because you live near a school does not mean that its unkempt and unsecured surroundings should be affecting you. There has to be another way to deal with the situation to make Management care before someone else becomes an innocent victim. Interrupt them when they are at peace because at night u are not.

  14. Her day will come

    Every Dog has its Day!

  15. If one possessed criminal or malicious intentions, would a padlock on a short door really be adequate? Or, if the gate were locked, it takes about ten minutes to walk down the hill to Pine Road to enter Erdiston Drive on the other side.

    Why call a possibly orphaned or homeless 17-year-old boy a “town rat”?

    Matthew 25

    40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

    44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

    45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

    46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”