“With great sadness and best wishes” a British tourist says goodbye to Barbados forever

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Daytime tourist robbery costs us another loyal visitor

Dear Sir/Madam

I have today read the report of Barry Alleyne concerning the theft of jewellery from visitors and tourists. I believe the problem is far worse than perceived and is being suppressed/under-reported. I am not convinced that the police have any effective crime pattern analysis to know where they should be actively patrolling, advising visitors and undertaking their duty of protection of all people, and especially tourists.

On Friday 1 March 2013, in Bay Street near Harbour Lights, my wife was violently assaulted, injured and robbed of two valuable necklaces, by two young local low-life, cowardly, vile thugs. The police were less than effective in their caring treatment of my wife and their lack of effective evidence gathering left me less than impressed or confident in they had the resources or ability to gather evidence or investigate crime in a meaningful manner.

We have walked this route many times having been advised it was safe to do so. It can no longer currently be regarded as safe for tourists.

The disturbing aspect for Barbadian authorities is that this violent robbery took place in broad daylight, just after nine in the morning, during the rush hour with many witnesses. Some serious questions now need answering by the various Authorities and politicians.

“We have been coming to Barbados for many years since my wife loves the island and climate for her health, and loves the many friends and decent hard-working Bajan people that we have met.”

However, my duty is to protect my wife from unnecessary risk. It had been our intention to return to Barbados year on year for as long as we could afford it and were healthy enough to do it. We were already booked to come next year. I am now intending to cancel this with great sadness and it is likely we will never return. There are many safer places for tourists. I will be advising my extended family accordingly, as well as writing to the many contacts I have within the UK tourism industry including large Cruise companies, the UK police, Foreign Office and others.

This robbery, of course, is my main distress, but there are many other visitors who agree that other serious issues are fast going downhill here and need addressing.

This includes dangerous driving, overnight excessive noise, drunkenness, fighting and  high speed early morning motor-cycle and car racing in The Gap and dangerous driving and overloading of ZR buses, even with school children on board! Some road-side traders and beggars have been reported as becoming more aggressive and abusive to tourists who feel threatened to buy or give. It is a sad indictment of a Country when you are advised, belatedly, not to carry anything valuable and but always a little something to hand over! There is crime in all countries but that sort of advice is never necessary in my country.

My impression is that hoteliers, particularly in The Gap, are not being supported as they try to bring the problems to the attention of the authorities. The Sugar and Hal’s Bar (or Hell’s Bar as it is becoming known) need serious bringing to order. How can anyone be serious about drink driving when you have a bar in a car park! These are growing trouble spots. Many tourists are elderly and vulnerable in this area and are no longer safe in The Gap from late evening onwards.

Trinidad and Jamaica are regarded by many UK people as crime risk areas and only go there into all-inclusive guarded properties, which is not much fun if you enjoy walking, meeting and supporting local people in their businesses. Barbados has always been regarded as safe until now but appears, without intervention now, to be moving in the same direction as these larger islands.

The authorities, in particular senior police and Government departments, have been slow to acknowledge the problem or to respond to it with a positive action by joint agencies. It has been well known locally for some time and the initial action should have been to warn, in writing, all visitors arriving at the island ports that the problem exists. The warning should state that jewellery, mobile phones and valuable items should not be carried at any time. Had we been properly warned when we arrived it would have given us a realistic chance to avoid the theft and violent assault on my wife. This was a critical initial action that should have and should still be taken whilst undertake other actions to tackle the issue.

I imagine the holiday industry is vital to Barbados and once lost will be very difficult to retrieve. The decent Barbadian people need the Government to act fast in their interests while they have the chance. The problem has been vividly highlighted. Please protect this lovely island and its people.

We have to deal with the shock and injury suffered but the lost property is replaceable.

What Barbados has lost is far more valuable and irreplaceable.

With great sadness and best wishes,

(Name provided but withheld by BFP editor)

Note: The above was also sent to the Nation and the Barbados Advocate but so far they have not published it.

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88 responses to ““With great sadness and best wishes” a British tourist says goodbye to Barbados forever

  1. 7

    When are we gong to wake up ? When it is too late ? Police and Government suppressing these crimes. When these folks return home and put their story in their News Paper it reaches a greater audience.
    Looks like we do not need their money, ( Foreign Exchange )

  2. 116

    I also share your opinion. I have been coming to Barbados for many years and have seen many changes. Some good and some bad. But what has got my undivided attention right now is the crime. The reason that it has my attention is because I’m in the middle of buying a property in Barbados and I’m now having second thouts. I have three children who have been to Barbados several times and absolutely love it, and as my family has grown I decided that it would be good to have a holiday home. But now it just does not feel safe like before. There was a time when I would fall asleep on the beach in the shade and forget about the chaos of running a company in London. Now I put my sun glasses on sit up a keep a eye on everyone near me or the children. And what am I supposed to tell my children when they want to go out and about. “take off that watch, take off that chain and that ring, don’t carry that purse and leave your mobile in the safe”. As a father I have to make sure my children are safe and right now that is weighing very hard on whether or not to go forward with the purchase of my dream holiday home in Barbados or forget the whole thing.

  3. A disillusioned traveller to Barbados

    Yet another story of incompetence and indifference on the part of the Barbadian authorities especially the police. Things will only get worse unless the authorities start to tackle crime against tourists and acknowledge that it is a real and serious problem.
    Instead of facing the truth they hide behind lies and deceit. They prefer to put the blame on the tourists themselves as demonstrated by Darwin Dottin’s end of year report where he chose to undermine the credibility of two brave victims of rape because they actually proved that the police had failed miserably in the investigation into their attacks.
    Instead of admitting mistakes had been made, he insisted that the police had “done their job”.
    This latest attack is yet more proof that the police are simply NOT doing their job. I feel sorry for the hard working honest residents of Barbados because it is they who will ultimately suffer from this blatant indifference.
    My sympathies go out to this lady who was attacked in broad daylight and I am grateful to her husband for bringing this to the attention of the public.
    The two rapes were also committed in broad daylight on a public beach. The two victims are fighting hard to get justice but are just being ignored by the authorities.
    How long can this attitude persist? Why was this latest story not reported in The Nation? People of Barabos – you cannot continue to bury your heads in the sand. This problem is not going to disappear by magic but your income from tourism is!

  4. Adrian Loveridge

    As the previous poster pointed outt, when you have a Commissioner of Police blaming the victims publicly, where do we go from here. Our Minister of Tourism appears to be lost somewhere, while the tourism industry continues in crisis.

  5. Razzaq

    As I have said time and time again………tourism is one of our largest if not the largest source of foreign exchange as we manufacture next to nothing. If have read too many stories over the last year of tourists being attacked, with one of them being a couple that was attacked during their first night here!! If we don’t make a serious example out of one of these clowns who attack the tourist I’m afraid people will stop coming here. If this happens most of the barbadians working in the tourism industry will be out of a job!!!!!

  6. mystic

    I am a Barbadian but I have lived in the UK for half of my life. I am now retired, and living in a house which my husband and myself have built here in Barbados.

    I am so sorry to hear of these crimes but please do not give up on us. I believe these crimes are mostly committed by people from other islands. Barbadians will “beg, borrow and steal” but never before to this extent. Cash for gold is encouraging the petty snatching of jewelry.

    The recycling industry is vital to our well-being, but it can be controlled legally, whether the goods are precious or scrap.

    I like my pieces of jewelry, and used to wear them any place and any time. They are now locked up in a safe box. My husband says he would return to England if we felt it necessary to own a gun to protect ourselves, but I believe it will never come to that.

    Recently we had a short stay in some beach-side apartments, and some young men were staying in the next apartment. They limed around in front of our apartments all day, never going anywhere. We were told they were tourists – they certainly were not Barbadians!! We felt intimidated.

    I say again, do not give up, it will be addressed and things will get better again.

  7. Rastaman

    @mystic:” I say again ,do not give up.it will be addressed and things will get better again”.You live in hope ,my dear!!!

  8. Terry Wilcock

    How terribly sad to read of this escalation of what has regretably become a world-wide problem on such a small beautiful island.This is in no way excusing the authorities for their alleged lack of response or ability to tackle the issue but if Barbados is to remain a country that we as a family have always considered safe in every sense then it must act NOW !!! If you fail to do so then Barbados will become an isolated destination visited only by those who can afford to stay in secure compounds (however up market they may be) and that thought is scary to say the least.
    So to those who should be acting to combat this degeneration we say DO SOMETHING You are not only letting you visitors down but and possibly more importantly you are letting your people down.
    Our thoughts are with those Bajans who we, over the years, have become so fond of for their friendliness and genuine warmth.
    These animals should be caught and made an example of in the toughest way possible, they are, we know, the minority but if others see that they can get away with this type of crime they will, rest assure follow. Should they, as has been suggested not be locals (and in a way let’s hope so) then surely as a small island the authorities can monitor the influx of known undesirables and act accordingly.
    We wish you well and look forward to reading about these criminals being given the treatment they deserve. Barbados does not deserve them !!!

  9. Canby

    True, crime does exist in every society and community, however in the case of Barbados the impact is greater than most places due to its economic importance. Tourism is the major source of income for Barbados and should be treated accordingly.

    Before the technologically connected world was a reality, information very slowly got around about things. To-day information is more valuable than ever before and people exchange information within seconds about everything and anything. So when a problem occurs, particularly a crime and visitors do not see the information in a reasonable format in the newspaper, either print or electronic the visitor easily passes the information on to friends and the general public via blogs or forums. Here are some simple examples of what I mean below. These articles were just for a two week period on Trip Advisor and many people have read them and some have made comments.

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147262-i230-k5433107-Boscobel_Bandits_Resolution_Options-Barbados.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147262-i230-k6218237-Crime_risk-Barbados.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147262-i230-k5541697-Boscobel_Toll_Gang-Barbados.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147262-i230-k6192983-Safety_at_Night-Barbados.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147262-i230-k6194904-Beware_thieves_in_the_Enterprise_area-Barbados.html

    What is difficult for visitors to understand is the apparent lack of response by either the government or tourism authorities to deal with these persistent problems. Though there have been recent signs of an awakening by the authorities. Will all crime be eliminated? No, never. Can something be done to make the tourists and population of Barbados feel safer? Definitely.

    All it requires is a good solid analysis of the problem. The methods for doing this are well known, documented and have been successfully used by Police Services for years. The second key element is information, which is readily available based on complaints to the police, gathering of information from witnesses where possible, through requests by police to the public publicizing either their Crime Stoppers number or asking the public to advise the police of any information about problems.

    The final element is the deployment of police resources to the problem areas and having good follow up investigations. Do Police Services have unlimited resources to do everything? No, but if tourism is the largest contributor to the economy it can certainly be a priority. There are certainly other things that could be done specific to certain physical environments. However if the basics are taken care of then the problem will be either resolved or significantly reduced.

    As the flow of information by tourists continues to outpace the response by the authorities then it is only a matter of time before the reputation of Barbados becomes synonymous with other problem crime islands of the Caribbean and the economy will suffer a slow painful death.

    It is not too late for the authorities to work together to do something.

  10. 185

    I don’t know why any tourist would wear valuable jewellery especially at 9 am. Hope your wife is ok though. I too have been coming to Barbados for over 30 years and have seen a marked decline in local attitude to tourists . I won’t be back either

  11. Mark Fenty

    The Barbados Tourist Industry must address the issue of exorbitant accommadations first, and then possibly we might see some resurgency in the arrivals to the island.

  12. Mark Fenty

    I just hope that we’re not use Caribbean Nationals as the scapegoats, the same way whites in America continue to blame blacks, and others minorities when things are falling apart economically and socially speaking?

  13. just want to know

    My husband & I go walking on the beach regularly. This week as we walked there was a gentleman lying on his towel on the beach, with his bag & clothes close by. By the time we got back to where he was, some person or persons had stolen his clothes & bag which was nearby. There was only $20: barbados in his purse, but the culprit stole his little camera with his holiday photographs. This was on Brighton beach. The man just had that amt. of money to get him back to wear he was staying. This beach is a hive for thieves & the authorities know about this thieving activity, and not doing anything about it. This man was a black man Mr Fenty, not white, nor from USA or Canada. A barbadian living in England, came home for a holiday, staying with family, and this is his gift to take back with him. Says he wasn’t even reporting it because he was leaving the next day. Not sure if he will ever be back.

  14. Analyzer

    How about doing some sting operations. Set up someone to walk in various places with a gold chain on and have police or defense force personnel ready to arrest the greedy uncouth savages for lack of better description. What kind of people are we raising on this island? Why do so many turn out to be good people and some turn out to be scumbags? Maybe we need to call in help from overseas to nip this in the bud. We need solutions as soon as possible.

  15. repeat visitor

    i don’t like to hear about this incident (one in a seemingly endless chain)… having visited barbados from canada for more than 20 years, having been robbed once (while we were at home), and having been within eye-shot of the stabbing of a british condo-owner/visitor in speightsown this year, i was ultra-careful this year when on the island…but you never know, i guess, and it’s certainly to me a sign of the desperation that many bajans feel. i am planning to return but if i personally am affected again (as in robbed, hurt) i would re-evaluate this….there’s such a secrecy around the crime rise: that helps no one, in my opinion.

  16. Analyzer

    There were various articles in The Nation Newspaper today about this:
    It says the police force has put together a special unit that has already started work on reducing this crime:

    http://www.nationnews.com/index.php/articles/view/on-lookout/

  17. Harlisuccess

    B Baywatch/Yatinkiteasy
    As I have said to you before, put your energy into a campaign to sort out this dreadful situation. You and the authorities do not have much time left. Your tourism numbers are tumbling fast. Do not blame people from elsewhere in the Caribbean or blame it on Neo Colonialsts. One way or another, it’s the sole responsibility of the people of Barbados . Time to call for some tough, really tough action from all involved. Cause and Effect!

  18. Sunshine Sunny Shine

    It is hardly unlikely, if not to say totally unfair, to allude to the Royal Barbados Police Force as being incapable or less proactive in tackling the situation with muggings in Barbados. I believe that they are trying and engaging these matters as best as they can. However, what I find as problematic to the force today, are:

    – Poor response time sometimes leading to no show
    – The level of professionalism shown
    – Very poor phone etiquette
    – Aggressive use of tones
    – Lack of knowledge of the very law they have learnt
    – No proper documentation, photo taking or measurements used when responding to accident situations

    And I believe the list could go on. I am not here to bash RBPF. I think if there were not doing their jobs the crime situation would be a whole lot worse in Barbados. I think to tackle the problem they need aids. It is time to install CCTV cameras throughout the island; namely in those areas where there is a spike in the criminal activity. I also believe that if the island uses undercover operations to bring perpretrators to justice that alot more of these need to be implemented since we are dealing with organized criniminal activity. The rewards for information need to move from a few hundred dollars to a few tenths of thousands of dollars You never know what could happen if the rewards are increase to entice persons to come forward. Also I believe the country couuld benefit a great deal by sending recruits overseas for at least 6 months for additional training if that training is not offered here. This is just my thinking but I really do not think we can always the Royal Barbados Police Force.

  19. 190

    While things appear bad in Barbados does anyone read the UK newspapers? There are daily reports of a society gone feral. The whole world has gone mad.

  20. Breadfruit

    We have to be more serious in the way we address these problems & quickly, while I agree with Anonymous, it’s a world wide problem. Will people from the UK stop having holidays in the UK? have heard some terrible tales from friends there, though that’s no excuse for the RBPF not to jump on this quick.

  21. 116

    To many of the guys that are carrying out these crimes have fallen through the cracks of society and no longer have respect for there parents, the teachers or the police. They don’t care and have no fear and that’s that. Tourists are easy pickings and they know it. But the damage that is being done to Barbados is ten fold. Every week there is somthing in the papers in England about somthing that’s happened in Barbados. These crimes should be viewed as crimes against the whole country not just the individual and when caught the penalty should be so severe that anyone who carries out these crimes will think long and hard about there own fate. They give no quarter and none should be given.

  22. sith

    Sad state of affairs. Any guess what youth unemploment is? It is all connected. Declining tourism, inflation, rising crime.

  23. Mark Fenty

    @ Sith
    The problem is actually multifaceted, and has more to do with the Moral Decrepitudes of the Home, School, and Church,I believe.

  24. Mark Fenty

    @ Sith
    Sith, how could you in good faith, unilaterally and arbitrarily attributed the blame to the youth. When we as the adults are the arbiters and architects of their destiny.

  25. Mobert

    A friend of mine was trying to call the police at 1 am recently, took her over a half hour before someone answered the emergency call line.

  26. Mark Fenty

    @ Sith
    I think that we have failed as adults in our present generation,to impress upon today’s youth, the four R’s :Respect, Responsibility, Results, and Rewards.

  27. Jan David

    Re: MYSTIC (March 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm)

    : I believe these crimes are mostly committed by people from other islands.

    You are so right. Barbadians are paragons of virtue, and we are so much better that the inhabitants of those other islands.

  28. Mark Fenty

    @Sith
    We have also failed in our efforts to instill in the youth of today,the three basic principles that has made a difference in my generation : Choice, Condition, and Consequences.

  29. Rum and Water

    99% of these comments are just so much rubbish, that I struggle to read through them.
    Face the facts. BARBADOS HAS A SERIOUS CRIME PROBLEM. Especially crimes against the person. It does not matter if they are committed by Bajans or people from other places.
    This needs to be sorted now.
    I am a Bajan who grew up spending a lot of time on the various beaches of Barbados, but when I come home I will not venture onto some beaches like Bottom Bay, Foul Bay and a few others because I do not feel safe there.
    Burglaries are on the rise and the police seem either incapable or not interested in solving the problem.
    The Prime Minister needs to issue an ultimatum to the Commissioner of Police to get up off his perch and deal with the crime. But then again, the PM is a fumbler so not much expected from him.

  30. caribbean31

    What a pity this is happening. Barbados is a great place. I love it there

  31. The facts are simple, CRIME PAYS, no chance of getting caught and if you are you can stay for free up at the new jail in St Philip, and do gym and TV watching all day. I can only do that when I am on holiday.
    But hey I got a real good idea, they now have too many people in jail chillin so my solution is to reduce the crime detection rate first , OH we have done that already, OK then just let them all out, no problem they tried that in UK, they got no crime up there now, not a teef in sight, it worked real sweet. Of course people regularly get cautioned up to 30 times for burglary, so it working sweet enough. What ? that is not a crime is it ? Teefin is OK.
    BUT WAIT some idiot already thought of this great solution of mine.
    All crime is derived from stealing, teach people not to steal and crime will reduce.

  32. mystic

    To Jan David.
    My apologies if my post implied a generalization of all Barbadians, or all other nationals. There are going to be bad apples in any barrel.

    However, with their reputation for good governance and safety for its visitors and citizens, and being a small island state – unlike the developed countries – Barbadians should be in a strong position to be more effective in its control of crime. Regrettably it seems, as mentioned in posts in this blog, our police force is not up to this task, whether they be willing or not.

    I believe that as a small island primarily dependent on our tourism product, this has to be addressed urgently by us, and not complain that it is the sign of the times world-wide. Then we may be seen as an island people who are predominantly “paragons of virtue”!

  33. Muggins........

    Our Police don’t know how to control petty muggings.
    Wow. That’s complex stuff.

  34. A Gordon

    I am not at all surprised by what I’ve read about this unfortunate incident.The difference between Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours is that Barbados hides it crimes behind its squeeky clean image for the sake of the tourist industry, while its neighbours report and at least attempt to deal with their crime issue. Wake up Barbados, stop being in denial; burying your head in the sand is not the answer. This is like a cancer which if not treated will spread and ultimately result in your demise. I doubt your neighbours will be sympathetic and I wonder why?

  35. Have we closed Glendairy and opened the door to mayhem? What a shame that high style crime and drugs are now part and parcel of the Barbados scenery. Have we locked away the cat-o-nine, the hangman’s noose and the ball and chain? Seems to me the spectre of these things kept many Bajans out of jail for generations; now we hear about shootings and other mayhem such as this theft and in broad daylight yet. Seems we have now imported another facet of a different society. Solution? Bring back to old cat-o-nine, beat them bad and make them change their minds. Also, stop taking back any Bajan who is being sent back to the island in chains. He/she just got a PhD from the University of Crime.

  36. Bajan Abroad

    One of the posters above hit the nail on the head. Barbados has a serious crime problem. Although not unique in the world, it still remains a Bajan problem to be fixed by Barbadians. I grew up there and live abroad. I am seriously considering going somewhere else when I vacation next. The problem is that crime is seriously under reported and as a result authorities have a “everything is OK” attitude. Furthermore, the excuses given above repeatedly by a certain poster – are irrelevant. It does not matter why this is happening. I don’t care about the ‘youth’ problems when I visit. I want to enjoy myself end of story. If I perceive that the authorities are ignoring the situation then I will not return end of story. I will not endanger myself and my family. The police need to get serious with this nonsense. make the criminal pay! Enforce the darn rules! No rule of law means no tourism.

  37. Mark Fenty

    @ Yvonne
    My dear, beating someone’s brains out is hardly the solution to the escalating problem of criminal activity in Barbados. We obviously, have look more closely at the etiological facts and factors that has given rise to this new phenomena in our small island. Then search for the workable solutions through the political or judicial process to address it with a quick dispatch.

  38. 116

    The hotels are closing and the property market is now worse then ever. This crime problem is putting normal hardworking bajans on the bread line. Normal bajans are suffering. This problem started to get worse about five years ago and at the time when bad things happened it was put down as a one off and wouldn’t happen again. But it kept happening and it has now got out of control. So how do you fix this problem. It starts in the home, school and church. Also when someone is convicted and go to prison they need to be given the chance to learn a trade so when they do get out they are able to be part of society. If they don’t want to change there ways and learn a trade then they cannot be allowed out. Barbados is small and can not allow bad men to walk around causing chaos. Unless this situation is addressed then the entire bajan economy could collapse. It’s happening in greece and Spain and they have rich counties helping them. Who will help barabados?

  39. sith

    @Mark Fenty

    unilaterally and arbitrarily attributed to youth…hmmm…I must have been influenced by the 3 young men that robbed me of my Ipod at Pebbles Beach down by Cuz and watching on the same beach a day later a man chasing a youth who had stolen his sunglasses. I certainly did not intend to say all youth or bad, but I dont see as many 60 year olds getting busted as I do the 30 and under crowd.

  40. Terry Wilcock

    As visitors for many years and, as I have said previously, admirers of many things Bajan it is so sad to read these threads. From our perspective and hopefully many others, there can be little blame attached to the vast majority of the people of Bardbados let alone colour or creed. The UK has been mentioned along with other countries who are all suffering the same decline in moral standards. Of course it will hit Barbados far harder as what was already a difficult economic situation will sadly only get worse.
    The main cause we believe can be summed up in one word “GREED” on the part of the few.
    Following last year’s visit we commented on how the island was in great danger of becoming ever more elitist and as in Europe and many parts of the world the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer.
    This does not excuse the sad/evil behaviour of the few, but, crime always takes over in this scenario and only a re-balance of wealth and better education will help in part to resolve the problem.
    We are all controlled by “the few” and I have no answer as to how we can change things in the short term short of several world-wide revolutions and even then little would be achieved long term.
    What we must all look for and aggresively support are strong leaders who will by lawful means gradually put an end to this fat cat mentality.
    Punishment and indeed harsh punishment must be applied to those found guilty but ultimately this is merely a re-active response and not a pro-active solution.
    I hope for the sake of your beautiful island that you find and support those who will do what has to be done to end this downward spiral.
    You are I know and believe a fundamentally honest and hard working people who deserve better and in that I hope you find the leaders in commerce and government who will ring the changes for you.

  41. Journo

    I recently had the great pleasure to spend a few hours in the company of the British couple brutally stabbed in their rented house in Speightstown. They are highly intelligent and considered academics who actually own a home here. Their testimony alone should highlight the difficulties we face in dealing with any kind of crime here especially when tourists are involved.

    They were lying bleeding on the floor from multiple stab wounds whilst a succession of police officers continually asked the same question, “where do you live?” “What’s your home address?” Not one officer thought to administer care, to help staunch their wounds, or to assign one officer to get as much information about the criminal as possible and search for the perp. it was down to a passing nurse, another toursist to save their lives. It took the police a week to search the beach adjacent to the house where her handbag was found her wallet and cards still in it. Their treatment at the scene and the hospital is horrifying. I cannot do it justice here. Their treatment in the hospital is truly staggering.

    The Barbados press was way behind the story, it was published quickly in the UK. The press here need more journalistic courage about all things local and international. We locals want to know because crime affects us and our families 365. Hiding the truth serves no one. I live in Sunset Crest and the rape of two tourist women and the subsequent news blackout and police ineptitude caused my family serious fears. It is better to be informed than to live in the dark, and pretending that the police have the situation in hand puts the greater public at risk. Knowledge is power .

    If you read carefully these accounts of victims of crime it is often their treatment at the hands of officials and the like which sours their experience. If we accept that crime is everywhere, we all accept that we can be a victim anywhere, but what helps sooth the ordeal is to make sure that the ordeal stops with the crime. If any of these victims had been attended to quickly, with professionalism and dignity they would in many cases accept it as bad luck and not endemic.

    Barbadians including politicians sometimes like to believe that our island can survive without tourism. This is plain nonsense. Much bigger countries with much more diverse economies embrace tourism as a driver of growth and earner of foreign exchange.

    We must deal with crime and criminals in a professional and robust manner. It matters not one iota who the criminals are, their nationality or ethnicity does not change the damage they do to society and to the perception of Barbados as a relatively safe place to holiday or live.

    I do not believe that because Barbados attracts wealthy people it should be an excuse for crime! The more rich people come the more money they spend in the local economy and the greater the opportunities for us all to make a living. I would rather double the number of super rich than the “all inclusives”.

    As to comparing us to the UK, get real! 60 million people live there so there is bound to be crime reported every day especially with an aggressive press. The per capita murder rate is 10x higher here in Barbados at 11.3 per 100,000 vs 1.2 in the uk.

    Everyone barring those in politics or civil service in Barbados is hurting from the poor economy, which is largely driven by the lack of foreign investment in the island. We have to get serious about protecting our future. Which means getting serious about looking after our visitors. We all know from experience that in Barbados “service” is a dirty word. That has to change, not just for tourists but for ourselves. Pride and Industry!!! Lets us all be Proud and Industious in our service.

  42. Terry Wilcock

    It is with a great deal of sadness that I read your disturbing report but thank you for your frankness, this is not the Barbados we once knew nor do I believe that it is a true reflection of the whole. We once took great pride in saying how safe and comfortable it was. What is really sad is that the few as I politely call them, combined with the clear change in attitude and abilities of the authorities have set the island on a slippery slope. Your report is terrifying in many respects and it is this “perception” of crime that will destroy the industry if drastic measures are not taken and more importantly “seen” to be taken. In reality crime is sadly everywhere BUT once this “perception” is established and known to all then holiday dependent countries will suffer badly.
    We live in area in the UK where (for mercifully different reasons) the perception has caused great damage to the economy. Tell people it is bad and they will always believe you, tell them that it is now good and they will doubt you !! Show them what you are doing and it will be accepted. Actions speak louder than words so I do hope someone in authority has the guts to address this cancerous issue for everyone’s sake.

  43. retired

    Retired now in Barbados, I worry about the people who have had these terrible experiences and wonder how they are getting on now.

    An English couple, friends of mine, visited me today and in our conversation about crime here I wanted to tell them about the two people who had been stabbed, but also I didn’t want to tell them! My loyalty to my friends conflicted with my loyalty to Barbados, where I would try to pretend all is well so as not to put them off from coming here again. I resolved my dilemma by telling them, without the details given above as I had not read Journo’s post.

    I think we need to be more open among ourselves, so that we are all encouraged to protect each other and our visitors.

  44. 116

    For many years I would stay at a hotel up on the west coast and I would stay there two to three times a year. I got to know all the staff. The hotel was in the same area where the two ladies were attacked and raped. On one of my many nights out I bumped into a former employee of the hotel where I was staying who had lost his job as part of cut backs. After a few drinks we sat a talked about everything and anything as you do. Eventually we talked about what had happened to the two ladies and that it was so close to the hotel. What he told me next made me go cold. He explained that the staff were told not to warn guests about what had happened in case they demanded to be moved to anouther hotel away from the area where the attacks had happened. The wall of silence to protect the hotel and jobs is nothing short of staggering. If a area is unsafe to go then tell the tourists so they don’t go there. Then send the police there and make it safe.

  45. Duppy Lizard

    Tell yo all what I think.

    There aint nothing within the legal system here to make Yabba Dooby out there to take (With or without violent force) any valuable he or her sees on anybody anytime without thinking of the possibility of being caught.
    Most of the time they will be back out on the street to continue their activities within their sentencing or before and most probably will be well represented by one of our most outstanding Lawyers .
    However the poor victim as usual “gotta suck salt’.

  46. dont wear jewerlly or have a long strapped handbags, barbados crime is higher than people on the island is willing to admit. You must always be careful about your surroundings because the police will do nothing, they are lazy.

  47. Victor

    I agree with nanci. Don’t go round wearing expensive jewellery in front of poor people, that’s showing off and vulgar anyway but now also dangerous and may turn you into one of those 10/1000 per capita murder victims. I say keep a low profile. Only hope it works for me!

  48. 116

    When I come to Barbados on holiday I want to relax and forget about everything. The only thing I want to think about is whether I have anouther banks or a drop of rum. I don’t want to worry about being robbed or worse. I don’t understand what the police are waiting for.

  49. Mark fenty

    Its regrettable to have heard such revelation about the new generation of police in Barbados.

  50. Mark fenty

    It makes one wonder if this social-illness isn’t in some way connected to the moral decrepitudes of our modern times?

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  52. Calypsolover

    I wonder if the fact that America is deporting criminals when they are released from their prison sentence is fuelling the rise in crime. Hardened criminals are being sent back to their homelands in the Caribbean and it appears that immigration in Barbados are not informed of the dubious history of these individuals. They arrive on the island with no money or family and therefore continue on their path of crime. I have had enough of life in Barbados.. even the speeding buses with the drivers drinking rum terrify me on the West coast , the constant threat of attack on the streets and lack of interest from the powers that be means I too will leave these shores.

  53. 116

    Dont give up on Barbados. It’s times like this that needs everyone who loves Barbados to stick together and force the government to take action. Criminals who damage Barbados lose all rights the second they comit crime and should be given no where to run.

  54. Mark fenty

    @calypsolover
    judging from your assessment of the situation there in Barbados, it appears like the problem is much more critical than I first imagined.

  55. jake

    The solution is quite simple. Swift and brutaly punishment for crimes where physical harm is inflicted. Kill someone? It is only right that the murderer’s life be taken. Not through a long drawn out process like in the States. The problem is the liberal anti-capital punishment wankers. Capital punishment has never worked becuause it has never been effectively implemented. Crazy drivers? Impound their vehicles, Drug dealers? Cat-o-nine tales. No need to waste money on them in jail. Say what you want about Rudolf Guilianni, but I definitivley saw the difference when he enforced Quality of Life rules. Don’t left the small things slide!!!!! People are on death row in the for US decades appealing till thine kindom come. How is that effectiv? Don’t let people sitting in their gated communities in some far off partt of the world tell you what is good for you. Moreover and unfortunately black american culture has had a detremental affect on black youth world-wide. So now its’s all about getting rich or die trying. Barbados is too small for the authorities not to know or be able to get their hands around this. It’s a matter of will. And this free movement garbage is another nail in the coffin.

  56. jake

    I meant to say ‘black american GHETTO street’ culture

  57. Dude

    Jake is completely correct, the issue is global and it has the same roots. bleeding heart liberals. Look simply at countries where the punishment fits the crime, theft = loose a hand, murder = death, drugs = death and you see societies that are safe to walk around in at night.
    It is always the ones who never have to deal with the issue that make the laws, when the issues come home to them they normally run and blame society or this or that.
    These people are just plain animals no matter what country you are in and should be terminated. OMG I have gone and said it.

    Who cares if they have no education or this or that, right and wrong are the simplest concepts to understand.
    Crime is the easiest issue to solve, it just seems that no body wants to be the “hand of god” so to speak. String a few up, cut off some hands and watch crime numbers drop over night. And of course that is too barbaric, yet rape and murder of innocents is not???
    Simple point is there will always be some liberal morons that think you can reform and re-educate, to be honest why bother. There are enough causes in this world that we all can help why bother with the ones that have already thrown away there chance.
    You want no crime make your voices heard, public marches, outing of imbecilic police and govt officers that do not want to get involved in their own countries future.

  58. Terry Wilcock

    Well said Dude, and also for having the strength to speak out in this way, this world has gone beserk with do gooders and so called political correctness. No one wants to be “barbaric” but as you point out there are no longer deterents the way there use to be. Even at a softer level in the UK you can, if you feel so inclined, rip people off and get away with it time after time, I speak from very bitter personal experience.

    Unfortunately we are all in varying ways and degrees ruled by politicians and people in authority who are simply not in touch with the real world. It has moved on for the worse and they have stood still. likewise with the laws that they feel duty bound to obey. So called “bad cultures” do not develop if controls are in place and sadly for the majority actions that should be taken are simply not on the political agenda. I personally do not attach the problems to a black/colour issue, the rules apply to all and if obeyed in general there would be far less hatred in this world !! Barbados is small enough to control itself if properly managed unlike the UK and other neighbouring countries who are told what to do by a bunch of overpaid opinionated “eurocrats” based in Brussells !! Human rights have become do what you like rights and what was once considered normal and good has perversely become almost the enemy of those who wish to have their own way.

    I hope that changes come, this is simply not right ! Well done Dude I hope someone listens and more importantly acts.

  59. Rebekah Alexander

    I’m sorry that the writer of the letter experienced a robbery. While I certainly agree that things need to change in order for Barbados to prosper given it is a tourism based economy, this account to me reads as having been written with a condescending sneer and a belief that it’s only tourists who should be protected. Crime, petty theft included, is something that affects locals and tourists alike and locals deserve to be taken as seriously. I don’t believe that happens.

    I had an unfortunate experience in Barbados towards the end of last year. I was living in a second floor beach front apartment on the south coast. When I was inside, even of an evening as long as I was awake, I would leave the balcony doors open. One evening, in the few minutes it took me to remove my make up in the back section of the apartment, someone climbed up the outside of the building, entered the unit and took my handbag from the dining table. I heard something (just a little tap) so I headed out to investigate – to find someone scaling back down the building, and my purse outside on the balcony. Thankfully the only thing missing from it was my wallet, which was later found on the sand with all my cards (except my Pricesmart card!) still in it. So it was just cash the thief was after. It was bold-faced to climb up, but I accept that I should have been more vigilant with security as it is a known hotspot for petty theft.

    The response of the police was interesting though. At first they were dismissive, seemingly equally disappointed with my lapse as I was. After taking my statement, they left to make a conference call and returned with a much more serious attitude, saying the police took crime against tourists very seriously. Which is great, but they need to take ALL crime seriously. It’s the locals who have to live in the society day in day out, and the police officer who sat down with me said that that type of crime happens to locals as well, and in recent times herself included. It’s not enough to paint a shiny picture, or attempt to paint a shiny picture, for visitors. Residents are deserving of safety and security at all times too and I think that efforts should be focussed there.

    For what it’s worth I have been to Barbados many times and have had only that one negative experience, I don’t consider myself a “tourist”, rather a visitor. The event hasn’t deterred me from returning and I will be back at the earliest opportunity.

    Also for what it’s worth, tourists and visitors need to exercise common sense – if you’re on vacation, leave the valuables AT HOME. You’ll avoid the risk not only of theft but also of loss, misplacement, etc.

  60. Mark Fenty

    @Jake
    You have allowed the Republican political narrow -mindedness to impregnate your thinking.

  61. Mark Fenty

    @ Jake
    It is quite clear to me,that you’re parroting the words of the Republican elite in America. And your negative comments regarding black culture in America, is an affront to the black’s who are trying to do the right thing.

  62. Mark Fenty

    @ Jake
    Jake, you have been bamboozled by the conservative demagoguery that seeks engendered they base.By marginaling the affairs of the inner-cities of America.

  63. Mark Fenty

    @ Jake
    I would suggest that you take a course in America government, to better your understanding of the historical unfolding of jurisprudence in America. And it is because of the liberal agenda that we are able to live out those rights endowed by the Creator. You should read Scott v.Sandford (1888) in order to ascertain a better understanding about what I’m talking about.

  64. tom cat

    wow we were planning our first trip to barbados>>>> not anymore..How scary

  65. 116

    Barbados is a fantastic place but has a problem with crime right now. The police will get it under control but it will take a little time. Don’t be put off for ever just give it a year and they will put away the few that spoil it for the many.

  66. mark fenty

    @ Jake
    Draconian-measures has never been the effective solution to cure the social-ills. Had that been the case, jail-cells in Russia, China, and Cuba would probably be empty today. I do agree however, that there is a pressing need to enforce tougher sentencing guide-lines, in Barbados. But, not without first examining the underlying causes, that are contributory to this unprecedented level of violence in Barbados.

  67. Green Monkey

    Had that been the case, jail-cells in Russia, China, and Cuba would probably be empty today.

    Not to mention the jail cells in the USA of course.
    Does the U.S. have the highest percentage of people in prison?
    snip

    The International Centre for Prison Studies, based at the University of Essex in Great Britain, keeps the most detailed information about prison populations worldwide. Its World Prison Population List is widely used in studies and by reporters.

    In the report we reviewed last year, the U.S. had the highest percentage of its citizens in prison among nations where the ICPS could verify such information. Russia and Rwanda ranked second and third, respectively. Both countries were well behind the United States. Russia had 598 people in its prisons per 100,000 citizens.

    As for China, the most recent ICPS report states that nation has at least 1.6 million people in its prisons. The number may be as much as 2.3 million if you include an estimated 650,000 held in detention centers. Using the larger estimate, that would be 170 people per 100,000 Chinese citizens, which is far lower than the U.S.

    http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2013/jan/14/hank-johnson/does-us-have-highest-percentage-people-prison/

  68. Mark Fenty

    Thanks, Greenmonkey, for sharing this bit of information, it has definitely shed a luminous light on the situation. But,I’m not quite convinced that I should take this information as the Gospel Truths. Given the fact the you can prove any thing nowadays, through the statistical and mathematical means.

  69. Mark Fenty

    @ Greenmonkey
    Can we in absolute honesty, accept any kind of information from:Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and Cuba without some kind of reservation? Contemplate that pensively and then tell me what you think.

  70. Mark Fenty

    @ Greenmonkey
    I’m not quite sure if I am willing to accept the American findings also. Given the fact that the State Security Doctrine, precludes the disclosure of pertinent information to the general public.

  71. Mark Fenty

    @ Greenmonkey
    I’ve learned to be circumspect with respect to the information that I ascertain via the internet.

  72. Green Monkey

    MF wrote: I’ve learned to be circumspect with respect to the information that I ascertain via the internet.

    When you used high incarceration rate of totalitarian countries like China, Cuba and Putin’s allegedly now semi-totalitarian Russia as examples of why high incarceration rates don’t effectively control crime, it’s probably safe to assume you had no idea that, whether you want to accept it or not, it is commonly accept among criminologists and academics involved in in studying prisons, criminal activity etc. that the USA has the highest incarceration rates of the world’s industrialized nations. I can’t blame you really because no doubt you have been fed and absorbed the Hollywood/US TV/media propaganda like most Americans (and many others outside the US) that the USA is number one in promoting freedom and justice for all and have therefore assumed, that being the case, there is no way the USA would be locking up its citizens in prisons at an even greater rate than despicable commies.

    It’s interesting that those American authorities who accept that the US has a high incarceration rate and also hands out long prison terms, say that the long prison terms and high incarceration rates (seen as unnecessarily hash or “draconian” by world standards) are necessary and an effective means of keeping crime rates down. Should this be true, it would, in a way, negate your earlier argument that draconian measures really don’t work to effectively control criminal behaviour. See the article from the NY Times linked below.

    Inmate Count in U.S. Dwarfs Other Nations’
    By ADAM LIPTAK
    Published: April 23, 2008

    Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment. Americans are locked up for crimes — from writing bad checks to using drugs — that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than prisoners in other nations.

    Criminologists and legal scholars in other industrialized nations say they are mystified and appalled by the number and length of American prison sentences.

    The United States has, for instance, 2.3 million criminals behind bars, more than any other nation, according to data maintained by the International Center for Prison Studies at King’s College London.

    (Or maybe the Center for Prisons Studies, King’s College London is just pulling stats out their rear end to make the USA look bad at fighting crime, like the scholars at the University of Essex quoted in an earlier post. /GM)

    snip

    Far from serving as a model for the world, contemporary America is viewed with horror,” James Q. Whitman, a specialist in comparative law at Yale, wrote last year in Social Research. “Certainly there are no European governments sending delegations to learn from us about how to manage prisons.”

    Prison sentences here have become “vastly harsher than in any other country to which the United States would ordinarily be compared,” Michael H. Tonry, a leading authority on crime policy, wrote in “The Handbook of Crime and Punishment.”

    Indeed, said Vivien Stern, a research fellow at the prison studies center in London, the American incarceration rate has made the United States “a rogue state, a country that has made a decision not to follow what is a normal Western approach.”

    The spike in American incarceration rates is quite recent. From 1925 to 1975, the rate remained stable, around 110 people in prison per 100,000 people. It shot up with the movement to get tough on crime in the late 1970s. (These numbers exclude people held in jails, as comprehensive information on prisoners held in state and local jails was not collected until relatively recently.)

    snip

    Efforts to combat illegal drugs play a major role in explaining long prison sentences in the United States as well. In 1980, there were about 40,000 people in American jails and prisons for drug crimes. These days, there are almost 500,000.

    Those figures have drawn contempt from European critics. “The U.S. pursues the war on drugs with an ignorant fanaticism,” said Ms. Stern of King’s College.

    Many American prosecutors, on the other hand, say that locking up people involved in the drug trade is imperative, as it helps thwart demand for illegal drugs and drives down other kinds of crime. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, for instance, has fought hard to prevent the early release of people in federal prison on crack cocaine offenses, saying that many of them “are among the most serious and violent offenders.”

    Still, it is the length of sentences that truly distinguishes American prison policy. Indeed, the mere number of sentences imposed here would not place the United States at the top of the incarceration lists. If lists were compiled based on annual admissions to prison per capita, several European countries would outpace the United States. But American prison stays are much longer, so the total incarceration rate is higher.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/us/23prison.html?pagewanted=3&_r=0

  73. Terry Wilcock

    From a personal perspective I am afraid that statistics can prove anything reliable or not. Earlier comments have related to the USA and it saddens me to say that there are some serious issues with a country that at all levels endorses and almost promotes violence to a degree that is far from healthy.
    This again is not simply a colour/race/Barbados issue, the gratuitous violence seen in the many trashy films that seem to dominate our screens and in particular our youngsters screens is fodder for those looking for so called excitement.
    Gun laws are a joke and I am afraid I do hold this country responsible for many of the violent scenarios across the globe. If Barbados has suffered the same invasion of such material and indeed possible “unwanted” visitors then I am sadly not suprised that this evil influence has played its part in the upturn in violence. All this is to a degree controllable and as a country that we have always admired for its friendly,safe and peace loving people I hope this awful episode is dealt with swiftly and comprehensively. We accept that violence of all types will always be with us but it is down to those in control to act. I wish you all well.

  74. I wish I was in charge of the Bajan police. Stamp it right out, stings, honey traps. I was mugged once ( or shall I say they tried ) to mug me for my burger and fries, in a sh** hole at the end of the gap. Unfortunately I’m trained in martial arts and put the food on the ground and asked the two locals if they wanted to take it off me. Haha they ran like girls. Need more attitude like that. Im coming back this year, and I feel sorry for any piece of sh** who messes with me.
    yours,
    craigey boy

  75. Mark Fenty

    @ Greenmonkey
    I absolutely agree that the government of Barbados should act vigoriously in it’s efforts to addressed the public concerns of violence in the island. But, it is also important that the government take a hard look at the lessons that has been learned by the state of California in the United States. With its tough laws that has resulted in the overpopulation of the penal system, and its Early Released Program.

    Now, to focus primarily on tougher sentences and longer jail terms for offenders, obviously isn’t the right course of action government Barbados should be taken. Many years ago the state of California was face with a crime problem that was out of control. So legislators in that state got together and implemented what was called “Three Strike Law”, in an effort to address the problem of the revolving door.

    They thinking were at the time, that the repeated offenders were having a field day rotating in and out of prison. So they thought that by strengthen the laws in that state, it would have served as a deterrent to future offenders. But they were wrong. The Three Strikes Law has now proven counterproductive, because the state now is faced with an explosive prison population that has burdening the taxpayers in a serious way. Faced with this new problem, the state was forced to institute an “Early Release Program” that seems to be working well. And in addition to the overpopulation, Healthcare alone cost the taxpayers in state of California 821 million dollars annually. This obviously, isn’t the route the government of Barbados needs to take in order to address to the problem of crime in the island .

    In sum: austerity measures are necessary when we’re face with a crime problem of this magnitude. But, to focus fundamentally on the incarcerating of offenders for the mere purpose of deterring them from committing violent crime, amount to nothing more than putting a band- aid over a gaping wounds. We seldom focus our attention on the real facts and factors that are at the root of the problem, superficially we opt for the quick solutions to the problem in order to appeased the public conscience .It seems like we’ve allowed our emotions to gets the better of us in this matter. And in the process we’ve lost sight of the fundamental underlying causes that are at play. And as the Great Freedom Fighter Nelson Mandela once said: “Penalties do not deter men when their conscience is aroused.”

  76. John

    Me and my family have a trip booked to barbados for later this year with are parents , with all these crimes against tourist am now thinking of going to a different island, we got married in barbados and love the island and always have felt safe in barbados loving the fact we can meet the locals and enjoy your way of life, but the crime against tourist seems to have got out of control. So sad as the more people who take there hard earned money somewhere else the more chance of barbados going down the pecking order of vacations spots … Not sure what to do … Hope the police and government body’s can sort this before its to late….

  77. Andrew v mills

    Me and my partner arrived in Barbados on th 22 April 2013 for 2 weeks this is my 9th visit to this wonderful island
    But this will probably be my last for some low life was talking to me on the beach , I thought he was a friendly chap until I looked the other way.
    In a flash he had snapped my chain off my neck and ran down the beach.
    This happened 10 o,clock this morning 30/04/13 and I feel physically sick.
    A.v.m

  78. 67

    Every day now something bad is happening
    In Barbados. The criminals don’t fear anything
    or anyone. Half the hotels in Barbados have
    Closed over the last 15 years and the other
    half would sell up if somebody would buy
    them. The government has to take action
    on a scale never seen before. They need a
    second prison up north quick. They need to
    Start building it ASAP and then introduce
    zero tolerance on crime. They need to think
    about the future of Barbados.

  79. Benteo

    @ Andrew
    Andrew, I’ll say this much to you Sir. I was born and bred in one of the worse areas on the island of Barbados. An area that is notorious for it criminal activity, as well as its share of notorious criminals the islands of Barbados has ever seen. I care not to mention where it is located on the island, for fear of stigmatizing the good people who also lives there.

    Now, I have been resided in the United States for close to twenty-five years now. And every time I venture back to Barbados; in the vary area that is in the center this criminal activity mine you. I’m quite cognizant of my environment and hardly trust anyone that I have been acquainted with prior to migrating to the United States. Call it paranoia. The option is certianly yours for the choosing. It just one of the life principles I’ve learned since I’ve been residing in the big city.

    So Sir, you have yourself to blame for your lack of conscientiousness. And You yourself are at fault and I’ll tell you why: I am quite certain that you were well aware of the crime situation in Barbados prior to arrival on the island. Any sensible personal would be.

    And, yet, you trusted someone who you may have had little or no knowledge of. And he took the opportunity to victimize you for your willful-ignorance. (I use the word “ignorance” with respect to your inability to perceived the obvious dangers that was evident on the island)
    It’s a hard life lesson friend but you ought to have known better. Given the fact you were a seasoned foreigner, and allowed this small island hoodlum to con you.

  80. Terry Wilcock

    This is precisely the sort of response that the island does NOT need. We all agree that in a city or now it would seem anywhere in the world including Barbados it is necessary to show caution and not be taken in or conned.
    However the reality is not quite the same as the theory, you are talking about a small and once very safe island where visitors could within reason not be afraid of encountering the events that are now all too common. We as a family have visited Barbados many times but sadly we are coming to the conclusion that the only safe way to go would be to experience the “all inclusive,heavily guarded compounds” that we were told were so dominant in other caribbean destinations. This would destroy the economy very quickly as was witnessed some years ago when the “all inclusive” market opened up. For sure the world has changed and sadly not for the better but ultimately it is down to the authorities to address the problems in the most heavy and decisive fashion. I have used the word “perception” many times before and this is the key to the island’s future or otherwise.
    Blame the tourists and you will have none to blame !!!

  81. Andrew v mills

    For my wilful ignorance

    That’s the kind of response I would expect from the guy who took my chain.
    Tell you what why don’t we all cash our jewellrey in at the cash for gold and buy some Charlie .
    Then there won’t be a problem after all what’s the point of having personal stuff on you say we could put it in a safe take it out show the grand kids every other month
    As for my wilful ignorance maybe I should have chose to ignore your response.

  82. jo

    as crime rates r rising thers only one solution
    a v o i d this island
    let the crooks bleed the local population until they
    stop looking away
    pain might leed to reaction if not let go
    any society has to save itsself

  83. ian

    We have just returned from hastings area.someone broke down our door and stole the safe from our beach house. The crime is real. The Bajan people are great but there is a problem for sure. There were 11 of us there it was an aweful experience.

  84. Analyzer

    @ian sorry to hear about what happened. Were the police helpful?

  85. 249

    I currently reside in the US and was considering coming home to Barbados for the first time in 20 years. I have even been looking at property to buy for a summer home but after reading these comments I am reluctant to even visit. I came across this website inadvertently while looking for news on the island. What I have the biggest issue with is the fact that the Nation and Advocate Newspapers have not reported any crimes. They have made readers feel that the island is a paradise and it is not. I was really hoping to come back home but after reading the comments posted here I may reconsider. Thanks to everyone who has posted their comments so that we have an accurate picture of Barbados.

  86. barbadian people are the worst hipocrite known in the whole world they migrate to england and go to the white people and tell them that only in jamaica white people get robbed talking about a suspected criminal look away while i rob and kill you,barbadian tell the white people that they are the only people from the caribbean deserve jobs and jamaican people deserve none when a jamaican man become the richest black man in the 80s in england the barbadian again go to the white people and tell them that the jamaican guy sell drugs to get his money,barbarian monster it is about time you shut up now that you are exposed as the real barbarian

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  88. Peter

    Sadly we too noticed an increased threat from mugging on our recent trip.
    We stayed on the West coast near Holetown and even though we are quite big guys the intimidation factor was quite evident while out in town at 11 pm,especially around number 1 street .
    Normally on previous visits we would not have thought twice about walking back late at night to our rental but this time we felt compelled to use taxis such was the fear of being mugged.
    As for those buses! No one will be the slightest bit shocked when we read that a dozen tourists or locals have been killed when one overturns at high speed,a tragedy waiting to happen.
    You have a beautiful and unique island but tourists like us are increasingly becoming very concerned and we are already investigating other options for our next trip and sadly Barbados is on the high risk list along with Jamaica .

    Regards

    Peter,Southern England.