‘Bermuda not a dangerous place’ Deputy Governor
Despite growing violence, Bermuda is not a dangerous place, Deputy Governor David Arkley has said.
And while some people are worried, Government, the Police Service and Government House are working together to make the Island safer.
Speaking yesterday to the Hamilton Rotary Club at the Royal Bermuda Dinghy Club, Mr Arkley said: “Some might say Bermuda has become a dangerous place in recent years.
“And while I wouldn't want to down play their concerns I wouldn't say that myself. Neither would anyone from a large city in the US or Europe.
“There is no doubt that gun and gang crimes have increased in recent years.”
Mr Arkley, who has worked in Rio de Janeiro, Saudi Arabia, Moscow and Jordan since joining the Foreign Office, said: “Six convictions for gun related offences this year show that this relationship is working.
“And with one trial ongoing and a raft more scheduled to follow next year, I hope we will see even more convictions.”
Asked about the leak of thousands of confidential cables on the website Wiki-Leaks, he said the British Government would not comment on the content of the leaks, but he doesn't think the leak will be significant.
“I don't think it will be as great as some people think,” he said.
“We are aware the information we provide can, and often will, appear in the public domain.”
He said before he came to Bermuda he had been told that Bermudians were friendly, but said it was an understatement.
“To say Bermuda is a friendly place doesn't do it justice. There's an inherent politeness and generosity of spirit, and Bermuda is far richer for it.”
He said his only negative first impression of the Island is the unspoken assumption that people know where and when events take place.
“Last Christmas my wife bought me a new camera,” he said. “I had seen something in the paper about a Motocross event on Boxing Day, so I re-read the paper but there was no indication where it would take place.
“Bermudians may know where Motocross is, but I didn't.”