I was going to write this morning about my lovely day on Mullet Bay Beach yesterday and post some nice pictures too.
Unfortunately, my plans have changed. First, I have to write about crime..
I received an email this morning from some frequent visitors to St. Maarten who were robbed at gunpoint last week. They truly had a horrifying experience.
In his own words:
We were in St Martin last week. ( 16-23 Feb2008 )
On Monday morning at about 9:30 am we went to Friars Bay beach to head to Happy Bay.
We have been the a least 20 times over the past four times on.
50 yards from the beach heading upwere we attacked by two armed slime bags.
One had aand the other a huge rock.
I heard the sound of running behind us and as I turned around the 1st guy slammed the gun into my wife's head, grabbed her around the throat and started screaming" Give me your wallet Mother Fucker".
I kept saying HEY HEY HEY whats are you doing as I started towards him he tossed my wife to the ground a put the gun to my face.
My wife started screaming and I looked back to see the second scumbag holding a large rock over his head coming towards me.
This guy was psychotic, the look in his eyes was wild.
After several minutes of back and forth with the one with the gun they ripped open our bags threw stuff everywhere they stole our money ( $50.00 + or -) ,our camera and some other crap.
To say the least my wife was traumatized beyond words.
We made our way back to the beach and asked the workers at Friars bay to call the police.
Then I read today's issue of The Daily Herald. There is a letter to the Editor there from a Canadian woman who wonders why more is not being done to fight crime. This letter writer makes reference to tourists who were robbed on Pic Paradis last week.
I also see in TDH other references to crime....the library bus was broken in to.....a man was robbed of his wallet at the airport.....
These are only a few crimes reported. I think most of the crimes are not reported, and certainly are not published in the newspapers.
Now Pic Pardis is known as a high crime area. It is desolate up there. And Happy Bay is pretty quiet also. Going over the path from Friars Bay to happy Bay is better done in a group.
And we have been preaching for years to tourists, begging them not to leave anything in their cars. Car break ins are very frequent.
I used to think armed hold ups were quite infrequent, but now I begin to wonder.
I still believe that most people can visit St. Maarten perfectly safely, but I am concerned when I hear more and more reports of crime.
Something is wrong and it needs to be fixed!
Then in the same newspaper this morning I read that the center for delinquent youth may have to close its doors at the end of the month unless government steps in right away.
So I ask you...what's wrong with that picture??
St. Maarten...both Dutch and French sides..has to start putting more emphasis on crime prevention.
Crime happens to us all. The gardener just had his bicycle stolen last week from our garage, by the way.
Our governments need to wake up and soon!
- Current Mood: worried