Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley has condemned the recent robbery at the Aladdin store in Road Town, calling the perpetrators selfish and part of a wider problem in the territory.
“I’m extremely disappointed of course that you know such a brazen criminal act would have taken place. Our thoughts and prayers are also with those persons who were affected by that traumatic experience,” Premier Wheatley said.
The Premier underscored the need for individuals and families to critically evaluate their approaches to parenting and instilling values, to cultivate an environment of integrity. He also stressed the need for upholding ethical standards within law enforcement agencies and firmly stated that promoting any notion that tolerates criminal behaviour is unacceptable.
“I think that these criminal acts are extremely selfish; extremely selfish acts by individuals who’ve lost their way, individuals who want the fast money. They don’t want to work hard for a living,” the Premier said. “There are many persons in here working hard for a living, busting their behinds to put food on the table for their families and there are some individuals who want to benefit from others’ hard work. They just want to take what others have worked hard for and it is something that we cannot excuse as a society.”
He continued: “So I think we have to examine our own values as a society; how we value material, possessions, how we value some of this flashy image that persons are celebrated for in many instances. This materialistic ideology we’ve adopted; we’ve really gone away from values of community, selflessness, compassion, respect.”
He urged introspection from the community and said young persons are inculcated with these poor values and are then influenced to take these selfish actions.
Dr Wheatley promised that an anti-crime strategy would soon be unveiled by his advisor, Kevin Smith, and said there would be consultations with various bodies once this happens.
“I can say that crime is a complicated and complex issue and the reasons why many persons commit crimes are complex. So, there are a lot of things that we have to do,” the Premier remarked.
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