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The right step

The new National Security Council will meet for the first time on March 28 and according to National Security Minister Wayne Perinchief “home invasions” will “no doubt” be on the agenda.

The Council has an interesting set up, being co-chaired by the Governor and the Premier it would seem to cede some control of the police to Government from Government House, but that is another matter.

According to a brief sent out last month the National Security Council “shall discuss matters relating to internal security with a focus on the prioritisation of Bermuda Police Service resources, and the public presentation of the Bermuda Police Service's role in law enforcement”.

“The Governor shall act in accordance with the conclusions of those discussions, unless he or she considers that giving effect to the advice would adversely affect Her Majesty's interest (whether in respect of the United Kingdom or Bermuda). Where the Governor has acted otherwise than in accordance with the conclusions of the Council, he or she shall report to the Council at its next meeting.”

The police have done a commendable job in getting to grips with crime, including crime involving firearms, however two incidents recently have been particularly shocking, one on March 8 when a female visitor and her daughters were held at gunpoint and another earlier this week when two armed men burst into a home in Hamilton Parish.

The following is a comment left on our Facebook page and sums up the problem. “As a Bermudian living in the US, I hate to say this but I get more frightened with every one of these stories I read. Should I go home to visit my family and friends? Will I be safe travelling the island to visit them like I used to do?

“If it frightens me, what do you think it does to those visitors who don't know their way around the Island? Their decisions are based on what they read and hear! The internet reaches so many and this stuff is out there! So there is no one to blame for declining visitor rates but the people who make the bad news reporting possible.”

Home invasions must one of the most terrifying crimes, an enforced invasion of your own safe have, you are left feeling violated and vulnerable.

Let's have “no doubt” and ensure this issue is on the agenda and ensure the police have adequate resources to tackle this crime.

* If you know anything about these or other crimes, call Crimestoppers on 800-8477 or go to www.crimestoppers.bm.

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Published March 22, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 22, 2012 at 9:38 am)

The right step

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