Criminals are not the Guardians or Moral Conscience of the Society: Barbados needs to open its collective mouth and take a stand, or else!

Social Scientists generally accept, ‘that there is a correlation between increased crime and economic condition.’ In fact, that in-part, explains the 1937 riots. But! Is it as easy to posit that in Barbados today: “There is a clear linkage between these kinds of violent crimes and economic hardship?

A man 19 years-old, who “murders” somebody – would have been about 16-years-old when the DLP became the Government in 2008 and perhaps still in school. He could hardly have been ‘socialized’ between then and now – into becoming a criminal. And so, other factors such as: ‘his internal and external environment’ (over time) have to be considered.

The point I am trying to make is that a person ‘just out of school’ could not claim to have lost his/her job and is therefore resorting to crime – which is the classic excuse now floating around. In-fact, perhaps like you – I too can admit to knowing people who were fired and now unemployed who have tremendous responsibility but who are not committing crime. Why?

It would seem to suggest that Barbados is a victim of its own infrastructural development. It spent considerable sums on new RADARS, which could “detect even a mosquito on the water.” That seems to be making it extremely difficult for drugs to land, undetected. The downside is that the persons importing the drugs still have to pay for them. This seems to be leading to burglaries and others problems, where popular items like the theft of Blackberries and gold – is reported by the Police to be targeted.

{FILE IMAGE/CLICK FOR BIGGER} The concerned contributor poses;- "That seems to be making it extremely difficult for drugs to land, undetected. The downside is that the persons importing the drugs still have to pay for them. This seems to be leading to burglaries and others problems, where popular items like the theft of Blackberries and gold – is reported by the Police to be targetted."

The theft of such items could hardly pay for a drug-shipment, hence the apparent targeting of high-profile people and entities like gas-station; supermarket owners and so on. We have already seen somebody breaking into a DLP Constituency Office, perhaps thinking that the one million ($1m) allocated for Constituency Councils is kept there. What does that tell you? Blackberries can be tracked and the PIN remains, despite who is in possession of the phone. What does that also tell you about the person/s stealing/snatching them?

I do not see how the present economic climate, even though dread, could cause a man to rape a woman at gun point? Criminals are not the guardians or moral conscience of the society, whose duty it is to force change to Government’s economic and social policy! What we do know is that Criminologist Yoland Forde has already done some research, which show some startling findings.

In the wild-wild-west, people ran into a bank with a gun and a hand-kerchief over their mouth and attempted to rob. In 2011, even with surveillance cameras, cameras on phones; Face book and other real-time social media sites like Twitter, the same is being attempted.

So, how are these people able to go undetected? Are shared or acceptable Barbadians values, a factor? Is it that many, or people in certain communities – are therefore living off the proceeds of crime? If this is the case – would the thesis that: “there is a clear linkage between these kinds of violent crimes and economic hardship,” hold?

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