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Premier has ‘deep concern’ about violent crimes

Premier and Minister of Tourism Dr D Orlando Smith. File photo

Premier and Minister of Tourism Dr D Orlando Smith. File photo

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith has joined a growing list of persons raising concern about the latest spate of serious crimes in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

“I would like to express my deep concern about the state of violent crimes in the community – the latest being the shooting of Franklyn Fahie,” he said.

Fahie died before dawn Saturday – a few hours after a gunman shot him at a bar he owns in Long Look, Tortola.

Premier Smith urged residents to support the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force in its effort to curb crime.

“I want to urge all residents who may have information to cooperate with the police,” he said.

His call comes while former election candidate for the Opposition Virgin Islands Party Sharie DeCastro made a similar appeal, and also launched an anti-crime campaign dubbed ‘One [Murder] Too Much’.

“In light of the first murder of 2017 in the BVI, which occurred on Friday (January 6), let us be proactive and stand in unity against crime…” DeCastro said.

She continued: “I will reiterate that curbing the rise in crime and violence is not only a government matter; it’s not only a police matter; it’s a Virgin Islands matter.”

Meanwhile, the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA) recently said it is ‘very concerned’ about the issue of crime in the BVI.

Its chairman, Louis Potter, told BVI News Online: “The Chamber is very concerned with crime, and is seeking to meet with the authorities to learn of their plans to reduce crime in the territory…”

Furthermore, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force has been raising concern about the frequency of especially gun-related crimes. It also laments the failure of residents to give the police information.

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  1. King Kunta says:

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    Residents have a responsibility to see, hear and inform the police.

    The police have a responsibility to protect and investigate, the government has a responsibility to ensure that the police are equipped to do the job they are responsible for.

    With the upsurge in crime, that has now gotten to the point where a life has been taken, I find your statement particularly weak (as i have unfortunately come to expect!).

    Deep concern?? that’s it? How about more police officers, agreeing not to continue to gut the budgets of the protective services to finance the various projects, passing ACTUAL mandatory gun laws (i thought that is what we had but i still see people with guns getting sentenced for less than the mandatory, if at all!!).

    Dr Smith the time for talk is over its time for action. Or maybe Eileen Parsons is right and we all need to be talking to Lorna instead

  2. Breezy says:

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    How about white collar political crime – guess not 🙂

  3. huh says:

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    hear who talking?

  4. help the small man says:

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    NDP is the cause of crime in the BVI

  5. Bohannon. says:

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    No he does not.

  6. wow says:

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    you all see the man just got up from sleeping so long and all kind of thing start happen .

  7. ReX FeRaL says:

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    Too late Doc. You should have voiced ur concerns from Trouble’s murder

  8. who feels it know it says:

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    who feels it knows it ain everybody body has jobbbbbs or gold spoons. the ppl them want eat .. i sayin What they doin is good …. who feel it knows is .. ayo for get how da feel

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