Gun crime on the rise in the Caribbean

Violent Crime a Worry

Andre Hinds shot dead by robbers

Andre Hinds shot dead by robbers

The economy appears to have turned the corner with activity picking up. Real GDP grew by 0.8 percent in 2015—underpinned by a surge in tourism arrivals—relative to 0.2 percent in 2014 and an average of -0.3 percent in 2008–14, while employment increased by 2 percent and unemployment fell. Inflation is low – Press Release: IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Mission to Barbados

There has been a heavy dose of political palaver generate this week as the political supporters on either side discussed the recent IMF report about the economy.  Has the economy turned the corner? What about the sinking foreign reserves and the printing of money.

The news item on Thursday this week that 47 year old Andre Hinds was murdered by two robbers in the quiet village of Northumberland, St. Lucy continues to resonate more with the BU household. It is another indicator that our society is failing. Although Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith have been repetitive with reports that crime is down and the police has a high solve rate of murders. The worrying statistic is that violent crime is on the increase. It is a worry because violent crime (gun crime) has become the norm in Barbados.  Barbados is an island that has built its reputation and quality of life on law and order post Independence.

What does it matter to boast about 0.2% or 0.8% growth if rising crime now threatens to compromise the quality of life Barbadians have enjoyed. We are not blessed with natural resources, we are suppose to possess is a highly literate society as a result of significant national resources allocated to education year in year out since Independence. There must be greater focus by government, NGO leaders and citizens alike on how we can improve the quality of individuals living on the island.

There is the challenge of open borders and the influence on a small island.

We need a plan.

How can we improve the support we give our children at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

How can we identify and address parental delinquency.

We have become part of a global society which subscribes to a philosophy ‘’what happens in your house is your business’’ and less of “it takes a village to raise a child’’. We are a small island and this should translate to our citizens knowing what is happening in all four corners of of our different communities. This is where we need to improve.

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94 Comments on “Violent Crime a Worry”

  1. ac September 2, 2016 at 5:34 PM #

    In the great USA no Union would ever dare to dictate where govt placed cameras not one Union would dare, First the govt would pass such strignet legislation that no lawyer or Union would find loopholes wherby the can play one man up man-ship against govt providing security for the people , Only here in barbados these little shop stewards we call Unions would start such a fight and to make matters worse many in society those who should know better would join in boisterous solidarity with the Unions to fight the govt efforts,

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  2. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI September 2, 2016 at 5:49 PM #

    I do not believe in its entirety what you and the seasoned highflying cop are saying

    With all of his “intelligence” and the Listening devices that are up by station A, it is painfully obvious that you, and he seem incapable of using the wiretapping equipment and the FTC investigatory mechanism to even catch one illegal gun trafficker.

    Not even one.

    So you and he are saying that the type of weapons and the amount of weapons are coming through customs.

    Let us for a moment allow that to be true, though logic would suggest otherwise, you mean to tell me that his intelligence sources can only be relied on to catch 5 criminals EVERY EFFING WEEK with a spliff in their pocket and that the culprit agrees to a search of his person?? Every Single Week?

    Yet men getting killed and shoot up every single day and he and his wiretapping crew cannot find one man for all the time that he has been on duty?

    Steupseee, you see why you should not be allowed to speak on behalf of the RBPF? cause after you talk you show our top brass the COP to be, without a Doubt the most ingrunt CoP in the region.

    Yet Adriel Nitwit says that 90 to 95 % of the crimes are solved but not one Gund Dealer get catch ONLY the $5 spliff users

    Why you doan get out of Dodge City doah???

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  3. ac September 2, 2016 at 6:11 PM #

    i suspect that the following excerpts pertains to the top Cop opinions/positions in reference to cases which were brought to courts nevertheless you sit in your lofty cocoon and expressed your political versions without having all the facts that the top cop is privy to

    If one accepts there is a link between the illegal drug trade and illegal firearms, then the circling of wagons over the past few days comes over as rather quixotic. Court records show that in November, 2002, a customs officer and one customs clerk appeared in the Magistrates’ Court with respect to the importation of illegal drugs. In October, 2003, a customs officer was arrested and charged in connection with the importation of cocaine and marijuana.

    As recent as September, 2012, a customs clerk was arrested and charged with the importation and trafficking of illegal drugs. And there have been others. If this does not spell the possibility of port vulnerability, then we need to change the alphabet.

    in any case my question as to why Unions are so adamantly against cameras strategically placed in closed proximity of the customer worker needs to be addressed and fully aired as many believe and agree with the prevailing view that some custom officers indeed is a part of the drug illegal trade on the island,
    Unions cannot be obstructionist of Justice but by denying govt free hand to deal with criminal activity in ports of entry in the most humane way by opposing and issuing levels of threats they (unions) are indeed doing so

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  4. Donna September 2, 2016 at 6:29 PM #

    Cops and robbers indeed! Nonsense!

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  5. David September 2, 2016 at 6:40 PM #

    @PUDRYR

    It is known that gun and drugs travel well. You are correct that our porous borders is a big problem. It is a problem which has to be solved on many fronts. Can you imagine the shoot-out at Wotton this week involved high calibre weapons? What is Barbados coming to? While all this is happening our parliament is on recess until October.

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  6. ac September 2, 2016 at 6:59 PM #

    it seems that all you want to do is present an argument that would satisfy a view of your own thinking the other ports are not in question the top cop comment zooms in on what evidence he has gathered with reference to custom officers, i am certain that if he has other evidence to support your claim he would have shared it or maybe the evidence is on a much smaller scale in reference to other ports than want you have perceived

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  7. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI September 2, 2016 at 7:24 PM #

    AC

    You does really shoot youself in part of your anatomy that have to remain nameless to maintain the decency of this blog.

    We were talking bout illegal guns.

    And for no reason you gone back to Time Tunnel 14 years when de Top Cop dat you tell me to see whu he saying din even in office and tell me bout an arrest.

    Den you fast forward and tell me bout a man who get catch wid drugs, jes one man in 8 years jes one man.

    De fack dat i does get in me cocoon is dat de same newspaper dat you graduate uh HC and UWI was in talking bear pup doe be printing bout killings and murders and retribution murders EVERY EFFING WEEK and he ent get nobody lock up during the time dat he and all he intelligence tapping po’ people phone.

    If dat get thru you Rock Stone Cranium dat would surprise me.

    I know that you going blame the Unions and the Church and the mary Redman and sam poochy and everybody now fuh de fac dat de Top Cop ent catch nobody in all de time dat he talking bout de Customs en ting.

    Looka why wunna doan enlist de help of de “Sting man” aka Chad 99999 who would set up a McGyver pun dem donkey, or is dat now a Lochte? to expose dem when dem got dem parties and showing who got de biggest guns.

    Get some undercover woman cops tuh go and tremble dem parts like Wather PPK does talk bout and you dun know that them fellers going expose demselves tuh de girls dem.

    I going talk to the Sting man and leh he send wunna a script fuh trufe.

    You dun know dat when I say dat likkle boy and girl tie up pun de bed I say to meself “meself, when dem policemens goes deah dem ent gine discover anyting wrong” and whuplax

    Somebody like he pray fuh wunna doah….

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  8. Donna September 2, 2016 at 7:37 PM #

    Murdah! Piece, you en gon let Walter get way with that trembling botsie fuh sale business. That was the one comment that showed me what he is.

    As for Typee, I believe he knows very well who does what but “he hands tie” just like those who went before him. He is only allowed to lock up the “dispensable” soldiers on the block. He is not allowed to police the rich. Not really.

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  9. David September 2, 2016 at 7:42 PM #

    Is Esuf Adam still on the loose (bail)? Or was the case dismissed!

    On Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 11:37 PM, Barbados Underground wrote:

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  10. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI September 2, 2016 at 8:02 PM #

    Barbados is under similar siege by the most idiotic incumbent government it has had for 50 years – the Demonic Labour Party.

    In a recent debate which showed that the Prime Minister Fumbles Stuart was indeed privy to, and part of the Cahill WTF Assification Project and Scam on the presentation of the incriminating document to the House of Parliament by BLP Senator Wilfred Abrahams’, Senator Verla Depeiza is on forever on record for the following idiocy in the Hansard

    Senator Abrams read of the letter, from the office of the Prime Minister which confirmed the Cahill Deal. confirm the complicity of the PM in the Cahill Scam.

    Depeiza gave her now infamous tirade on how “leaking of documents is treason and those found doing it should be punished” and for those of you who are not au fait with the laws of Barbados, they state that “murder and treason are to be punished by death by hanging.”

    Imagine that, for those who expose corruption their reward is to be hanging!!!

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  11. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI September 2, 2016 at 8:18 PM #

    @ Donna

    I wonder if dem does study what they are saying when they say it?? pun TV and in the House of Parliament??

    “Trembling Botsies of Thirteen year old thrildren….” or is that “childrun???”

    Man I was dere writing so fast dat i mek a whole lotta mistakes wid Verla’s description and i gotta go back and correct it lololol

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  12. Donna September 2, 2016 at 8:37 PM #

    Piece, Walter came all the way back here to promote the trembling botsie industry. That is what he wants my goddaughters to do for a living. That is his solution to the unemployment situation. That is all he believes they have to offer. How low can you go? We must see if he wins the nomination.

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  13. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI September 2, 2016 at 8:47 PM #

    @ Donna

    That might not be so surprising why after all “a man who for 21 years was studying trembling botsies, being chosen to run among a group of botsies to do even more “donkey” to the country than they have done for the last 8 years.

    Quite Fitting.

    I doan think that they going forgive him for stabbing Sandiford in his back as viciously as he described…but hen again them fellers ent got no principles so anything goes..

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  14. ac September 2, 2016 at 9:01 PM #

    in my earlier post i questioned the integrity of Unions who would find it necessary to resent cameras being strategically place in close observation of custom workers when on duty , as far as i am concerned a strategy of that kind which would record any actions in violation of normal custom duties should not in anyway impact on the individual custom officers duties unless such recordings finds that the officers was in dereliction of their duties ,,the notion that Unions can dictate or regulate what actions govt should take as by way to secure the national security of a nation boggles the mind ,
    PDYR maybe you can answer all of the above

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  15. pieceuhderockyeahright September 2, 2016 at 10:25 PM #

    @ AC

    Whu I dun tell you twice already dat I agree wid de cameras.

    But AC if wunna cud of force de fingerprinting law down we throat and do de Cahill $700 million ting I figure dat de camera ting wid de small fry Union is an easy one fuh wunna.

    Just go in de ports pun Sunday night and install all wunn cameras an let dem suck salt.

    Wunna is bosses at draconian measures like that heheheheh

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  16. Girly September 3, 2016 at 3:22 AM #

    the only reason there is a drug problem is because the population is buying the drugs. Same population that is outraged when a shooting happens.

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  17. David September 3, 2016 at 7:46 AM #

    This is a generalization.

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  18. Donna September 3, 2016 at 7:48 AM #

    Bobby Morris seems belatedly to have made the connection between violent gun crimes and the housing areas. Wow! I’m sure none of us could read the addresses provided by the newspapers. Hayneville, Deacons, Silver Hill, Wotton , The Ivy, Brittons Hill etc. Great research! He sure knows Barbados! I am impressed!

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  19. Donna September 3, 2016 at 8:03 AM #

    True, David. It is a generalization. But there is an element of truth in it. Marijuana use is widespread.

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