Member of Parliament for St Lucy Denis Kellman today absolved residents of Crab Hill of crime, contending that the criminal activity the community was experiencing had been imported.
While acknowledging that “a couple of people” were engaging in crime in the densely populated community, Kellman denied it was a hot spot for crime.
In any event, he contended, those involved were not from the area, but had come from outside to sully Crab Hill’s name.
“It is not a lack of opportunities opened to the people of Crab Hill that has contributed to increase in crime in the area. Other criminals in Barbados need to stop coming into St Lucy and bringing their negative behaviours,” Kellman said at the Arawak Cement Plant where management, workers and members of the parish welcomed the Broken Trident which is making its way across the country as part of 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations.
The Democratic Labour Party legislator recalled that as far back as the 1990s he had cautioned then Attorney General Sir David Simmons against closing the Crab Hill Police Station even though the incidence of crime was low.
Noting that St Lucy was exposed to the sea on three sides with over 30 coves and bays, Kellman further recalled that he had suggested that a Coast Guard vessel be stationed at the Arawak Cement plant.
The Government parliamentarian today revisited a recommendation he said he had made several years ago for the establishment of thriving communities along the coast in an attempt to reduce the level of drug trafficking.
“If communities are established along the isolated bays and coves the criminal element would be less inclined to engage in their illegal activities in these areas. It is an external problem that has impacted on St Lucy and then it has created a situation where the people of St Lucy have to defend themselves,” Kellman told Barbados TODAY.
He also stated emphatically that crime in Barbados was not out of hand, adding he had confidence in Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith and the Royal Barbados Police Force to deal with the situation.