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Business Community Screams for Help

Captain Lenroy BrowneAntigua St. John's - Head of Supreme Security Captain Lenroy Browne has recommended that all businesses undergo a risk analysis, and be equipped with at least the minimum security requirements.



With businesses including Little Canton Supermarket, Bargain Center, Christo's, and Percival Service Station being robbed recently, he said efforts are being made to curb this type of criminal activity.



As such, the business community is soliciting more help from the government.



Browne, speaking on Observer Radio's Big Issues yesterday, said the deterrents in place to combat crime in Antigua & Barbuda are inadequate.



The security specialist pointed out that some establishments do not have enough features in place, and some business owners do not heed recommendations.



"Only when something happens they call in and want security - sometimes you make a recommendation and it falls on deaf ears - at the end of the day it comes back to bite you,” he said.





Browne added that "Connectivity between the private security companies and the police is lacking."



He said there should be a network to strengthen quick response, and the police need help.



"They need a lot, a lot of help - I would not say that they are not doing enough, but it is obvious that they do not have enough resource - they are stretched,” Browne said.



He said without regular patrols, criminals continue to wreak havoc.



“Anyone who commits crimes plans... he looks at the frequency of security, hours of operation, the staff....." he noted.

Browne also pointed out some businesses with large compounds which require three or four security officers only have one.

In other cases, there are enough guards, but insufficient lighting and fencing. He advised that the businesses co-operate with and heed the advice of the security companies.



Meanwhile, businessman Bernard Percival, who has been hit by robbers several times, said, "Nobody is safe. We are all targets and we have to work together as a team."



The owner of Percival's Service Center noted that criminals are now more brazen, and equipped with sophisticated weapons.



"They don't seem to care about the consequences, they are only focussed on getting a certain amount of money,” he said.



Percival expressed concern about the lack of follow-up.



He advised that after a crime, the victims should go through counseling, even if it is only for the sake of offering comfort.


The businessman noted that as a result of the crime wave, he has installed more cameras, and flood lights, and uses an armored vehicle to take his money to the bank.


This security, he noted, has resulted in the hike of operational costs.




Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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RE: Business Community Screams for Help

#9 Brian Abbott » 2014-06-04 09:08

Proper hiring with proper training and equipment is needed. Then all need to be committed on working as a team, empower the "pride" that comes with being a police office or firefighter. And yes business owners also need to be diligent in securing their " home", Take responsibility in what you have. Teamwork
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#8 kirk » 2014-06-04 09:03

Mr Lenroy some one need to tell you first of all take the glass off your face 2 you look like you doing a add for a stripper and you to put your self
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RE: Business Community Screams for Help

#7 shocked » 2014-06-02 21:58

Does Antigua not have the death penalty?
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CRIMMINAL ACTIVITIES

#6 TRUE ANTIGUAN » 2014-06-02 11:52

START WITH THE SCREENING OF SECURITY GUARDS AND POLICE IN THE RECRUITING PROCESS
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RE: Business Community Screams for Help

#5 lol » 2014-06-02 11:02

I mean no disrespect but the pic of the cop looks like an ad for a stripper in a police uniform.
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LOCK up Criminals

#4 joe grind » 2014-06-02 09:10

HEY how about locking up criminals for proper jail time.
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RE: Business Community Screams for Help

#3 wadadliChild » 2014-06-02 07:35

The first rule in security is prevention. When you are speaking about securing a business a security with uniform is better suited. A suspect in most cases will move to another easier also known as a soft target. The problem in Antigua is most security guards are very poorly trained and Ill equipped to deal with the kind of criminals running around the country.

A suspect set on robbing a particular business will do so uniform or no uniform. Security cameras at business needs be made more visible. Also the police force needs to make more of a presence around the country. More regular patrol is needed on a 24 hour basis not just between 9am and 5pm.
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Gm,having a security guard in front of a door makes no

#2 Dace » 2014-06-02 06:38

Oh yeah forgot to mention they in uniform to ,time to get rid of that type of security ,plain cloths is the way to go
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Gm,having a security guard in front of a door makes no

#1 Dace » 2014-06-02 06:36

Gm,having a security guard in front of a door don't add up,and is very dangerous ,they should know the business have security but must not know were on the property the said is at every giving time.so even if the security have gun whats the sense,he is at the door.
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