Roban & Ming: “Something Needs To Be Done”

June 23, 2016

“With seemingly no real plan in place to arrest the increase in lawlessness throughout Bermuda, something needs to be done and soon,” Shadow Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban and Senator Renee Ming said.

The joint statement said that incidents like the robbery at Vera P. Card in St George’s have “become all too common place in present day Bermuda.

“We have seen this play out far too many times with seemingly no real plan in place to arrest the increase in lawlessness throughout Bermuda. Something needs to be done and soon.”

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“In St George’s, there remains no Police Station and limited police presence, something that this OBA government promised in the lead up to the 2012 election.

“It has been almost 4 years since the election and even with constant outcries from the St George’s community, there doesn’t seem to be one forthcoming.

“Last week, in a Town Hall meeting hosted by the Corporation of St George’s, the Minister of National Security confirmed that a Police Station was not in his government’s plans.

“What needs to be explained is the plan for St. George’s and the island on a whole in regards to the current state of affairs and lawlessness that has saturated our island.

“Promises have been made and broken, but at this juncture, there need not be any more talking points.

“What is needed is a clear and concise plan of action so that our residents and visitors are not only safe, but actually feel safe.”

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  1. JCS says:

    “Something” doesn’t cut it Mr. Roban and Ms Ming. Give us the plan so we know what to do. Typical of your party to jump up and down about the situation but never providing a solution.

    Why didn’t you re-open the St George’s police station when you party was in power?

    • watching says:

      OBA are the government and pledged to have all the answers. Well the time is now.

    • Zaob Yob says:

      I could not agree more – what a hollow and pointless statement.

      Simple fact is there are no policemen available to man an additional station in St George. What existing Police function are we willing to sacrifice in order to be able to re-deploy officers to this task?

    • jt says:

      And when “something” is put in place they will express their grave concerns.

    • Sara says:

      Didn’t you know the 2 billion debt was invested in infrastructure? Oh oops guess not

    • Pissin’ into the wind isnt’s an answer…Give Bermudian’s a
      “fish sandwich” is an answer…

  2. format says:

    “What do we want?”
    “Something”
    “When do we want it?”
    “Now!”

  3. Pondering says:

    I believe the old police station should be refurbished and reopened. Ground level gives more visibility to the officers.
    Perhaps employed those out of work people on a short term reasonable contract to put it back in shape?

  4. Scotty says:

    Well said JCS. And furthermore, why did your party not lay the foundation for dealing with lawlessness during 14 years tenure?

    • format says:

      Or to put it another way, why did their party lay the foundation for lawlessness during 14 years tenure?

    • Who Done it says:

      If I remember it was the great Dr Brown who said we will be throwing our Sons, Fathers, Uncles etc in jail when the opposition at the time suggested getting tough… oh how times have changed…

  5. hmmm says:

    Some thoughts………………….

    1) 3 strikes rule = death penalty
    2) Increased street presence of police.
    3) Use proceeds of crime towards rewarding people who provide information that leads to a conviction. That money can be voluntarily given to a charity at the choice of the person.
    4) Shopping wardens /store detectives ….security that wanders plain clothed and in uniform around the streets, has walkie talki comms and can relay information about suspicious behavior, known criminals.
    5)gps dotted goods.
    6) gps dotted money
    7) 24 hour voice recording in store. refreshed following
    8) 24 hour camera surveillance
    9) motion activated apps used by store owners and police.
    10) panic buttons in all stores linked to either loud sounding alarms and to police station.
    11) Tracker dots…store keepers can attach to money, throw at criminals, attach to criminals buy touch.

    Active, regular police door to door in communities. Police should know who is in their area.

  6. Double S says:

    Open something we closed…and now I say!

  7. serengeti says:

    The George’s Police Station was closed in 2007 and then only ever re-opened on a part-time basis. All done by you-know-who.
    Do they openly disagree with their previous decisions now?

  8. warlord says:

    A lot of hot air Woban

  9. hmmm says:

    PLP are such a joke.

    They must think Bermudians are stupid.

    • terry says:

      You will find out come next year.

    • OBSERVER says:

      TO hmmm:
      o.b.a./U.B.P. is the most arrogant, ridiculous political party ever in this country.

    • Ed Case says:

      There’s a lot of truth in what you say. Bermudians voted in PLP not once, not twice, but three times in a row.

      There could be the very definition of the word.

    • Point boy says:

      No. They don’t think Bermudians are stupid. Just the MAJORITY of there support base.

      So they play the fiddle

  10. aceboy says:

    The softly softly approach by the PLP for 14 years has created this mess. It is not about poverty and poor young disaffected men….it is a bunch of gangster criminals who are fighting over small patches of *turf* and the drug trade….and in a recent case payback for being unable to rob someone who bust their ass.

    These kids saw their leaders getting away with all sorts of shenanigans growing up…labeling some “immoral but not illegal”. Unintended consequences are seen in these crimes.

  11. hmmm says:

    PLP demand for someone else to plan a plan.

    The PLP have zero substance

  12. steve says:

    “Something needs to be done” a Joint statement no less! embarrassing.

  13. Muhammad Goldberg says:

    Even when they are armchair quarterbacks these geniuses can’t come up with a plan. Crime is also down since the PLP’s tenure. Another pathetic soundbite from the opposition.

  14. Know it All says:

    Police stations don’t prevent crime…..having enough officers with enough vehicles on patrol deals with crime! Rather than funding an old station, money be better used for more officers and more vehicles. Simple. When was the last time a police station responded to a robbery…..

  15. Jeremy Deacon says:

    To Messrs Roban and Ming – don’t you think the time for talking is over? Now – present us, the electorate, with your plan.
    Over to yuo

    • Unbelievable says:

      They have none to speak of.

    • SpitBouy says:

      @ Jeremy Deacon,

      Exactly!!

      However we all know when something is done they wont support it, rather they will question, complain and suggest that it’s just aimed at black people by the OBA government that doesn’t care about real Bermudians and on and on, well that’s the narrative anyway. Lol

    • If they’d something to say wouldn’t you think they’d would’ve spoken up / out by :-( It’s the same crap!

  16. We care says:

    I’m urging churches to get back to what they are supposed to be known for.. love ans self sacrifice. Open your doors seven days a week to help your community than to condemn during your weekly church service. Be the village, feed and shelter the poor. Open ASP programs that teach reading, life’skills and help with homework, help absentee father’s complete their GED and teach them how to be father’s. Help single women to buggy and value who they are. Have drug programs. Start health and fitness program.. do what you where called to do.

    • Point boy says:

      Church got to make money to. Big big business. Tell a bunch of people what they want hear. Praise the Lord

  17. Sara says:

    What a bunch of jokers

    • OBSERVER says:

      ….wondering if you are a local or from elsewhere with that warped sense of thinking about BERMUDIANS. It shows!!!!

  18. Curious says:

    Why don’t the two of you make an appointment with the police commissioner and or his deputies and ask them what needs to be done to try to halt the seemingly rising crime and criminal rate in Bermuda. When you have done this, you can then go into the house of assembly with statistics and figures to make a case. Use your initiative instead of shouting “something needs to be done!”. Pathetic !!

    • kindley says:

      The best post of the day. The Minister of National Security need to revise his government’s plans….adding police station in St. George’s. Stop blaming parties and get the job done.

  19. Lois Frederick says:

    I suppose that’s why the plp closed it – to reopening while in opposition?

  20. Peter says:

    PLP they no solution party caused this mess

  21. Edmund Spenser says:

    Just another op-ed from the PLP complaining that the OBA isn’t fixing the things we screwed up fast enough.

  22. St. Georges needs a police station.

    They were the fist capital after all.

    Somerset has one.

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