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The National Task Force on the Prevention of Crime and the Royal Barbados Police Force have embarked on a direct route to deal with the rising crime situation. The task force launched its Operation Safe Homes in Haynesville, St James, last Friday night where a large number of adults and children were given valuable insights into improving personal protection and that of homes. Director Cheryl Willoughby said she was pleased with the large turnout of children, in particular, since they were often affected by crime, adding there would be a focus on bullying in primary and secondary schools since that was also a crime which caused grief to many children. Inspector Timothy Springer spoke extensively on securing homes against burglary. He said too many opportunities were being given to thieves because of poor security by homeowners. Springer said Barbadians should install secure locks, wrought iron bars, technological devices such as closed circuit television and alarms as well as have better windows and doors. “Bathrooms and kitchens are prime targets for entry and too often Barbadians place louvres or unprotected sash windows in those parts of the house,” he lamented. While stating that Haynesville was not a target for break-ins, unlike many of the surrounding districts, Springer said inappropriate designs, drug addiction, and people who purchased stolen property were some of the chief contributors to burglaries. Member of Parliament for St James South, Minister of Health Donville Inniss, stressed Government’s intention to deal with crime. He said Members of Parliament were determined to maintain close relationships with their constituents to become even more conscious of their concerns with violence. He added it was important they remained “in the trenches” to help those constituents who might be affected by crime, as well as to help steer away those who might be enticed by criminal activity. One resident, Jillian O’Donnell, who has been living in Haynesville since 1989, said while crime was a concern, she had never experienced any problems and felt safe living in the area. “They have a number of idiots down here, just like in any other area, but I still feel safe and I have no problems,” O’Donnell stated. The operation will move to Deacons, St Michael, on Friday and then to the Oistins Bay Garden, Christ Church, on October 28.