Man­ager shot in rob­bery THIEVES TAKE MORE CARS

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - By Randy Ben­nett randy­ben­nett@ na­tion­news.com

Par­ents and guardians of pupils at­tend­ing Bel­mont Pri­mary School, My Lord’s Hill, St Michael, are ad­vised that the school will re­main closed to­day due to an en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lem in the area.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has re­as­sured par­ents that its of­fi­cers and those of the Min­istry of Health are work­ing to find the source of the prob­lem and re­gret any in­con­ve­nience caused. (BGIS) Please see also Page 8. Car thieves in Bar­ba­dos have seem­ingly found a niche mar­ket and are cash­ing in on it.

Within the past three years the num­ber of stolen ve­hi­cles has in­creased al­most five-fold.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Act­ing In­spec­tor Roland Cob­bler, while there were only 22 re­ported car thefts in 2014, last year that num­ber had bal­looned to 106.

That fig­ure was still slightly less than the 111 cars stolen in 2015. In 2012 and 2013 there were 68 and 63 cars, re­spec­tively, re­ported stolen.

Charged

Cob­bler was un­able to pro­vide the WEEK­END NA­TION with the num­ber of ve­hi­cles which had been stolen so far in 2017. Ear­lier this year, three men were charged with 21 counts of theft in con­nec­tion with cars which went miss­ing be­tween April 2014 and May 2017.

Pres­i­dent of the Gen­eral In­sur­ance As­so­ci­a­tion of Bar­ba­dos, Michael Holder, said the as­so­ci­a­tion was now putting to­gether sta­tis­tics on the num­ber of cars stolen for the year. He said un­til he re­ceived those fi­nal fig­ures he would be un­able to com­ment on whether there was an in­crease or de­crease.

But one in­sur­ance ex­ec­u­tive who spoke to the WEEK­END NA­TION on con­di­tion of anonymity said sev­eral of their clients had their ve­hi­cles stolen re­cently.

He pointed out that Toy­ota cars were be­ing

Toy­otas tar­geted

A me­chanic with over 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence said Toy­otas were be­ing tar­geted be­cause of their pop­u­lar­ity, re­sale value and be­cause they were easy to break into.

An­thony Sim­mons said in most in­stances that the cars were sold off as parts af­ter be­ing stolen.

“Toy­otas have one of the high­est re­sale val­ues and it is also one of the eas­i­est cars to steal. The newer mod­els such as the 2017 and 2016 cars use key­less en­try so those are harder to steal, but the AE110S and the older mod­els are easy,” he said.

“In some in­stances a key can be shaved down and used to gain en­try into those cars and they can be eas­ily jump-started. There are a lot of those cars on the roads so the parts will sell easy. Car thieves may be able to sell that car within a day.”

An­other in­sur­ance ex­ec­u­tive said there were three types of in­sur­ance poli­cies, with two be­ing ex­ceed­ingly pop­u­lar – those be­ing com­pre­hen­sive and third-party.

Dam­age cov­ered

He ex­plained that if a ve­hi­cle had com­pre­hen­sive in­sur­ance, it meant any dam­age – whether it was due to fire, over­turn­ing, theft, hur­ri­cane, flood or earth­quakes – was cov­ered. In the case of third-party in­sur­ance, peo­ple would be cov­ered in event of an ac­ci­dent, but not the ve­hi­cle.

He pointed out, though, some in­sur­ance com­pa­nies of­fered a third party pol­icy which also cov­ered fire and theft.

The vet­eran ex­ec­u­tive said if a car with only third-party in­sur­ance was stolen, the owner would not be com­pen­sated.

OF­FI­CIALS at the Na­tional Coun­cil on Sub­stance Abuse (NCSA) are con­cerned by the high num­bers of young peo­ple who seem to be ad­dicted to drugs.

This was re­vealed by re­search of­fi­cer at the coun­cil, Jonathan Year­wood, dur­ing an interview with the WEEK­END NA­TION.

“We are very con­cerned about the pos­si­ble or po­ten­tial per­sis­tent use of drugs in any form, whether it is al­co­hol, mar­i­juana, co­caine or harder drugs. So we as an agency are very much con­cerned of the drugs, be­cause with that per­sis­tent use comes prob­lem­atic be­hav­iour. This not only holds for the in­di­vid­ual in terms of their per­sonal sit­u­a­tions, but also in re­la­tion to their health, and the con­se­quences of ad­dic­tion to harder drugs and the im­pli­ca­tion for the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem,” he ex­plained.

While he said that he did not have the ex­act fig­ures to hand, he said sur­veys are con­ducted among the school pop­u­la­tion and the na­tional pop­u­la­tion to de­ter­mine the level of drug us­age among peo­ple ages 12 to 55. Data is gath­ered in both pri­mary and sec­ondary schools, the Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal, and treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties such as Ver­dun House and Ma­rina House, and the prison for those seek­ing treat­ment for

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