Safety Concerns Expressed By Some Residents

Following Wednesday’s daylight and brazen robbery of a local bank in Basseterre, spoke with a number of onlookers who gathered at the New Street location of the St. Kitts Credit Union Bank, following the attack by armed gunmen.

“I go to bank at least four times a week, because I have a small business in my community so I have to journey to town to do my transactions at the bank. With what has happened recently with the robbing of a bank, western union and now the credit union, it seems as though these bandits are mostly after the financial institutions and I do not know what they might do it they meet me in there (the bank), maybe I’ll get robbed too,” one concerned individual said.

One fifth form student of a local high school told that he is scared. “I normally go to Western Union to receive money from my mom and with what happened about a month ago, with the robbery of the one in the TDC building, she (my mom) stopped sending it there and now wires it to my bank account. But they have robbed a bank already too and now a credit union? I’m scared, there is no telling what they might do to you as a customer if you are present during the robbery,” the student said.

Other members of the public spoken to shared similar sentiments.

One elderly person said, “It’s hard to believe what our blessed island has come to. In the past we’ve had robberies but not these bold types as I saw only on television, where persons rob banks and other business places in high daylight!”

Street_People_02However, though some expressed their fear, it was business as usual in the heart of Basseterre on Thursday.  As early as 8:00am, one day after the Credit Union robbery, scores of residents were still seen going about with their daily routines. It was business as usual.

Though the immediate effects of the latest incident may have been a cause for some individuals to exercise greater personal care and attention for their safety, the island of St. Kitts remains a tranquil destination that has had a long tradition of stability and peaceful existence.

Meanwhile, reassurance has been given by the police force High Command, that investigations are “feverishly” ongoing, surrounding all incidents and already arrests have been made while in other instances, some individuals have been placed in custody, assisting the police with their investigations. The police official has also indicated that they are doing all possible to ensure that St. Kitts & Nevis, its habitants and its visitors are safe.

“The High Command wishes to reassure the general public that all is being done to ensure that St. Kitts and Nevis remains a safe destination to live and visit and that this robbery is certainly not the norm, but is a crime of opportunity”, a police statement read.

The High Command, the release also indicates, continues to crave the invaluable support and cooperation of the public, relative to the robberies and other incidents.

Persons with information are asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at 465-2241 ext 230 and can divulge such information on condition of anonymity. The force is reminding the public that all information received will be confidentially handled.

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