Stop the Guns|Close High Risk ATMS After 6PM
The following exchanges took place on BU Diaspora blog between family members Hants, Sargeant and BU David between the hours of 8:22AM and 3:22PM on July 18, 2017.
- Hants July 18, 2017 at 8:22 AM
Woman dies following ATM shooting.
If possible, avoid using an ATM after dark. If you must, choose one that is well lit and not in an isolated location
As you leave the ATM, be aware of anything suspicious. If you think you are being followed, go to an area with a lot of people and call the police.
Try to avoid using an ATM by yourself; take someone you trust with you or only use an ATM when others are around.
David July 18, 2017 at 12:35 PM
Don’t even use this ATM during daylight hours.
- Sargeant July 18, 2017 at 1:27 PM
Don’t even use this ATM during daylight hours
That statement gives me chills as you have implied that the simple act of completing a routine transaction during daylight hours can be injurious to one’s health. I use ATMs when I’m in Bim but they are in very public locations and I always have my wits about me. I used to access an FCIB unit located in Sheraton Plaza next to the FedEx office and it was closed/relocated to the interior of the complex. I often wonder if the move was logistics or if it was due to the numerous people who use to hang around the steps at the Eastern entrance to the mall and who have clear view of customers entering/exiting the enclosure.
David July 18, 2017 at 2:13 PM
This branch is and has shown a vulnerability to robberies. Forget ATM!
Hants July 18, 2017 at 3:22 PM
- @ David,
Thanks for the “warning”. Barbados is not like it used to be.
Daylight robbery was not part of “we culcha”.
Condolences to the family of the victim.
What made the exchanges chilling for BU David was the reality Barbados has lost its ‘virginity’. There is no need to be prolix on this issue. What WE are going to do about it should be a national priority.
- How are the guns entering Barbados?
- Is the business community dong enough to ensure their place of business is secure for customers?
- How can we hold parents and guardians responsible for their children’s upbringing.
- Are we building the kind of society that will produce virtuous citizens?
- Is the police force adequately equipped with the required resources?
- Is civil society doing enough to build community outreach programs?
The commercial banks took the unusual and unprecedented decision a few weeks ago to stop giving loans until the government reviewed the law/procedure on how tax clearance certificates were to be issued for property transfers. BU recommends that all financial institutions close ATMs after 6PM that are located in areas known to be a greater security risk. The RBC can start the ball rolling at the University Drive location.