URGENT CALLS have been made for the protection of the elderly and tourists in the aftermath of the recent spate of crime: the killing of an elderly man and his son-in-law, the rape of a St John woman, and the shooting of two police officers.
President of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP), Edward Bushell, yesterday expressed concern that a number of elderly people had been recent victims of crime, and urged all residents, particularly the elderly who lived alone, to ensure their homes were always properly secured.
Noting that there was a gradual decrease in neighbourhood watches, Bushell called on residents to report all suspicious activity in their area to the police, and on visitors to be vigilant “at all times . . . even though Barbados is a paradise”.
Veteran hotelier Adrian Loveridge echoed the latter call, observing that over the last three years there had been at least nine attacks on guests, including two rapes, at his South Coast hotel. (RJ)
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