A Letter to the Editor
I am an American that fell in love with your little slice of paradise and was fortunate enough to afford a little piece of it, however the amount of petty theft and lack of law enforcement have prompted me to compose this e-mail.
One month ago today I was contacted by neighbors that my home had once again been burglarized. We started building it in 2006 and though not yet completed we have locks on all the doors and windows. The locks have not stopped the thieves from breaking into our home however; three times in the past 4 years.
The first time they broke into our home it was to steal tools. The bandits got away with over $1000.00 dollars worth of tools and though we found out who committed the crime and informed the police where the items were, they were not willing to either allow us to retrieve the tools or go get them themselves. I was told that the person holding the tools had paid for them from an individual and that he was now the owner. I don’t presume to think that the person holding was above the law because he was the uncle-in-law of the constable, that after all would be ridiculous.
This time the petty thieves took small hand tools, they were found carrying the tools in a container and the container is now in the hands of the local police force. The thief is still walking around free as a bird in the community, and because I have not been there to press charges, the culprits have not been charged with a crime.
There is nothing I would love more than to publish their names on a local web site and alert all visitors to the Abacos to beware this is acceptable conduct in your country. It would maybe hamper tourism, and finally get the local law enforcement people to remedy the problem that plagues your fair Islands.
Thank you for letting me vent. I really do love the Islands and wish something could be done to stop this type of behavior.
Editorial NOTE: BP invites to writer to please forward to us in a private email ALL THE NAMES involved with this crime. From the BANDITS CAUGHT WITH THE STOLEN ITEMS and the constable who engaged the complaints. We would be happy to assist.