Following last Saturday’s daring armed robbery, management of the Golden Sands Hotel say they are beefing up security at the Christ Church property.
In a statement released yesterday, the hotel’s 81-year-old owner Denis Tull said while they had previously invested in a security system, there was now an obvious need for this to be strengthened.
“Our multi-prong security arrangement, inclusive of several close-circuit cameras, have been effective in our security effort over the years. However, there is always room for improvement. In this regard our management has held a series of meeting with representatives of the Royal Barbados Police Force and our official security firm. We have therefore agreed to undertake further enhancements to the security details, in order to deliver an upgraded safety and security climate for our customers,” the statement said.
Tull also expressed regret over the anguish suffered by both staff and guests during the harrowing ordeal.
“Naturally, we are temporarily unnerved by this incident and thankfully no one was seriously injured,” he said, adding that “we wish to publicly express deep concern and compassion to our guests, customers and staff for any anguish experienced as a consequence of this regrettable occurrence”.
The attackers stormed into the Christ Church establishment in the middle of one of its popular karaoke sessions last weekend, robbing Tull of his cash tin, containing an undisclosed sum of money.
A guest at the hotel, a 43-year-old Jamaican national, was also reportedly grazed by a bullet fired by the gunmen as they fled the scene.
Several patrons at the bar and restaurant also suffered minor injuries during the incident which has drawn strong condemnation from head of Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers.
In a statement this week she strongly condemned the dastardly act carried out by the three armed men, while warning that the attack had the potential to destroy the sense of safety and security which Barbadians had become accustomed to, as well as other negative social and economic repercussions.