Crimes against tourists down

Combined efforts by the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) and the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) to tackle crime against tourists are yielding positive results.

According to Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, tourist-related criminal activity is down by 20 per cent for the year in comparison to this same time last year. Griffith was speaking to the media this morning following a donation by the BHTA of four new segways valued at $80,000.

“As you know, we have had a number of incidents on the boardwalk and this can go a long way in improving our police presence in that area. Obviously we have to train up some more persons to ensure that all are on the road at all times. And I can see how they will be of tremendous benefit to ensure that our tourists are looked after properly.”

Representing the BHTA during the presentation was CEO Sue Springer, who said they have been working closely with the RBPF to ensure hotel properties and surrounding areas are safe for visitors.

“We are allowing the police to work with the hotels to do audits of their properties. We’ve also done training for security officers. We have over 70 officers that have been trained by the RBPF. They [hotels] have introduced CCTV cameras in a lot of the properties. The better prepared we are, the better we will be able to help with the crime situation,” Springer said.

During the presentation Griffith also noted that there has been an overall decrease in crime for the year, particularly in the area of burglaries and murders. He added although there has been a recent spike in murders, the number still remains lower than the first half of 2015.

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