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EDITORIAL: How many more must be robbed or must die?

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

EDITORIAL: How many more must be robbed or must die?

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It has gone from simple melee to mayhem, now to madness – a madness with a method.
The fraudulent have the temerity to steal and “legitimately” register cars with the Barbados Licensing Authority; burglars display the unfamiliar effrontery of robbing minimarts two or three at a time, or the same within a fortnight.
Thieves now have the gumption to descend on a mall and ransack its several stores, taking what little cash they can and all the clothing that can be carried.
All this after other selfish folk of like criminal mind have again and again deboned sheep, goats and cows on the properties of their victims’ owners. And to think these emboldened thieves seemingly get away with it.
Add to all this the loss of life by the brutal taking: the stabbing of one of the other; the shooting of the next – unnerving news every other week now.
And we are being asked not to panic; not to be afraid; not to worry; not to be concerned.
It was worrisome enough when crime in Barbados was characterized primarily by petty street theft and some shoplifting. When locals are too afraid to report that their homes have been broken into, and hotel owners will whisper to visitors that they must be especially vigilant while on the beaches in the day or at night, we have to shake ourselves from our slumber in an imagined paradise.
The current criminal madness will not dissipate by our willing it away; it is not likely to be abandoning us any time soon. Already, the current trying times and harsh economic crises are being used as an excuse for this abhorrent lawlessness.
The Government is even being blamed for the criminal intent of those people, who without resolve of their own, turn upon others – who with their own sacrificing seek to make the best of life for themselves and family – devouring their victims’ sustenance.
The numbers of the pre-dawn exercise brigade have dwindled – for fear of being mugged. The runners and walkers now prefer to take their chances with the speeding and smoking vehicles in the early post-dawn period.
Barbados is not like what it used to be, and we won’t get back to that time of safety, security and considerateness unless we recognize our present dilemma is real.
And as the days go by our Attorney General and his predecessor have the luxury of time to pontificate and postulate on the intricacies of the law and imprisonment, and philosophize on their personal stands on mandatory capital punishment and the Constitution.
In the meantime, more places are being broken into, and more people will die.
But how many more? How many more?