Residents of a Groves Cottage, St George community say overgrown bush is creating a danger for them, providing cover for criminals to carry out burglaries.
Following two more break-ins on Wednesday afternoon, they vented to Barbados TODAY about the lack of action on the part of authorities.
All eight houses on one street have been burglarized in recent times, with criminals going back to some of them a second time.
The residents want a neighbourhood watch established as well as the area debushed, as it is not only a hiding place for the thieves but has cow itch which blows into their homes during the dry months.
“We really need to have a neighbourhood watch. We started to get going, but on the day of the meeting nobody came out because it appears only this sides gets robbed because of the overgrown bush,” said resident Sharon Branford whose home was burglarized in November 2014.
She told Barbados TODAY that after that incident, in which she lost $5,000 in valuables, she had to find money to increase security at her home.
Maxine Trammell and her daughter Dymond Trammell, and neighbour Anthazia Mason have been the latest victims. Their homes were broken into between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Footage from a neighbour’s security camera showed a blue vehicle entering and exiting the area at that time.
“We left home around 1:30; the car was spotted on my neighbour’s security camera at 2:15 with the trunk open, and left at 2:49, so they had about 30 minutes between this house and my neighbour’s,” said Dymond, who lost two flat screen televisions, gold, jewelry and bottles of limited edition alcohol that her mother had collected over a 17-year period – all valued around $6,000.
She believes the thieves were observing and monitoring her movements, since they arrived at her home just half hour after she left.
The mother of two year old son was angry after realizing she had been robbed.
“I went into a rage. People work hard for what they want and then to see that there is someone who is so obnoxious to come into your home, into your personal space and take things free of cost, it is nerve wrecking,” Dymond said.
Glenda Elliot’s house was also broken into twice and thieves were unsuccessful in a third attempt. It has left her fearful.
“I am so scared. . . to leave the house,” she said.
Station Sergeant Forde at the District “B” Police Station told Barbados TODAY that investigations were continuing into the robberies. In the meantime, the officer said, there would be a greater police presence in the area.