Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie is advocating for more stop-and-search police operations and less ‘lip service’ to help address the issue of serious crime in the British Virgin Islands.
He said if authorities don’t fix the apparent rise in serious crime, the territory’s prized tourism industry will suffer.
Fahie’s statement comes on the heels of another double murder in the British Virgin Islands.
Two men were shot and killed in a suspected drive-by shooting early Saturday morning. A man and an 11-year-old girl were gunned down in similar circumstances a little over two months before.
“Hurricane Irma has unmasked a few weak areas in our national security that needs urgent review and attention through adequate funding among other immediate measures,” Fahie said in a media release.
“Failure to adequately fund our only frontline security agency, our police, will result in the significant damaging of our tourism product, our economy and our overall safety in our beloved Virgin Islands.”
Invest in more resources for policing
He reasoned that funding is especially needed to place CCTV cameras ‘all across the territory’. Law enforcement also needs additional resources to patrol the territory’s borders and streets, Fahie added.
“More armed officers [should be] accompanying unarmed officers on the streets all around the BVI while doing their patrolling,” he said.
“The approach to crime cannot be done in a business-as-usual manner nor can it just be given ‘lip service’ but it will take national forums to discuss this urgent matter with the aim of providing more solutions coming from the bowels of the people.”
In the meantime, the opposition leader commended the local law enforcement agencies for their ‘hard work’ but said more needs to be done.
Fahie noted that the fight against crime also rests with parents who he said must monitor their children and teach them good values.
“We cannot continue to be reactive to crime in the BVI but rather we must be proactive,” he said.
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