In an attempt to restore the low crime status on Virgin Gorda, Ninth District Representative Vincent Wheatley said plans are underway to implement a neighbourhood watch and increase the number of functioning street lights on that island.
Wheatley told BVI News on Monday that these were some of the measures that will come on stream soon to deter criminal activities.
“We realize that some places are dark. The lights were destroyed during the hurricanes and have not been restored as yet. So we are working with the Electricity Corporation to restore street lights in the old areas and to add new areas with street lights,” he stated.
He explained that the details of the neighbourhood watch is currently being worked on as members of the Virgin Gorda community are formulating plans on how they can collectively protect their neighbourhoods “to create more eyes around”.
WhatsApp reporting group
One of the ideas he explained is to create a WhatsApp chat group so that any suspicious activities can be reported through the group.
Other plans on the horizon are to increase police presence and install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) on the island, he said. Wheatley has personally pledged $20,000 towards CCTV for that island.
He said it will cost between $30,000 and $50,000 for the cameras to be installed at strategic locations around the island.
“So, apart from the money I would pledge, certain individuals pledged funding to assist. In Virgin Gorda, we have great public-private partnerships, so I will target private individuals and companies for funding like we always do,” Wheatley told BVI News on Monday.
“The Ninth District is all about tourism, and I have to do all I have to do to make sure that the Ninth District has a good reputation of being crime-free. Tourism is our bread and butter, and we cannot allow crime to flourish in the Ninth District,” he added.
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