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.
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…