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Crime free VI for New Year/Old Year; Dec 31, 2017 to Jan 1, 2018

- Outside of a routine cocaine possession arrest, the VI was crime free
Police had an almost incident free Old Year's/New Year's, according to reports reaching this news site. Photo: Team of Reporters
Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’, inset, had threatened to reimpose the curfew put in place after Hurricane Irma if residents failed to behave themselves. Photo: VINO/File
Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’, inset, had threatened to reimpose the curfew put in place after Hurricane Irma if residents failed to behave themselves. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Maybe it was Hurricanes Irma and Maria that have changed forever the way of life of most residents of the Virgin Islands or maybe it was a threat from the United Kingdom appointed governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’ that, if residents do not behave he will return the curfew- an idea scoffed at by some in the intellectual, progressive and legal classes.

But the Virgin Islands (VI) has made somewhat of history compared to the three previous Old Years/New Years where this time there has been no major crime reported over the Old Year- New Year 2017-2018 celebrations. From Tortola to Jost van Dyke to Anegada, residents and visitors were well behaved and rung in 2018 with peace and goodwill to each other.

Even at some of the hot spots, clubs and bars on Tortola and Virgin Gorda, not even a church mouse ran across the room.

Crime free two days

Our newsroom's sources inside the National Security Council reported that there have been no reports of crime or disturbances outside of some routine “small possession of cocaine.”

This is a good start for the Territory, which has been rocked by gun crime in 2017 and a number of unsolved murders.

It is unclear what has led to the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere that was experienced from Sunday December 31, 2017 to January 1, 2018.

Commissioner of Police Michael B. Mathews could not be reached for a comment, as he is still overseas on vacation.

USVI Police on JvD?

On Jost van Dyke, where the crowd was huge at Foxy’s this year, there were some US Virgin Islands (USVI) Police Officers on hand. It is unclear who issued the invitation to them; however, a senior police source said “they were on Jost van Dyke to assist in identifying individuals of bad character that may be traversing to the BVI from the USVI.”

When pressed by our newsroom the senior officer, who did not want his name to be used because he was not authorised to speak, said “they played no role in active policing on Jvd for the old year’s event.”

18 Responses to “Crime free VI for New Year/Old Year; Dec 31, 2017 to Jan 1, 2018”

  • ... (02/01/2018, 16:59) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Ok master well behave little children
    • Amazed? (02/01/2018, 21:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      to keep crime low, you need to find the backers of those who earn little but can import guns and ammunition!
  • wow (02/01/2018, 17:10) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    USVI Police working in BVI, I wonder who give them men such powers over here, I sure Tola Police can't go over with no power, Trump won't allow it. Look trouble ya now what going happen nx they going be station over here soon on a regular basis.
    • rock city (02/01/2018, 18:46) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      @wow Did you read the news? "They played no active role". It is call law enforcement cooperation. This has been happening between the USVI and BVI for years it is why we have "friendship day"or why we allow your people to come to Rock without a Visa or travel to the US mainland with a waiver . With what happened over there you should be grateful for the help. Them bad boys from over here will think twice about behaving bad over there.
    • Y u mad? (03/01/2018, 15:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I don't see you volunteering, I don't care if they post them in front my bedroom door once this place remains crime free or the lawlessness is kept to a minimum.
  • Right attitude (02/01/2018, 17:45) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Its call working together ........forward ever backward never..........what is it call?.........forward ever backward never.
  • dj (02/01/2018, 20:17) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    we broke so we had to behave
  • Bernie (02/01/2018, 20:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI, this is a good move because our people should know better and treat each other right.
  • B Savage (02/01/2018, 20:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Police must be guided by its principle "to serve and protect".
  • SMH (02/01/2018, 20:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ummmmm USVI police in Jost Van Dyke doing what??? it like the teacher is taking names and sending it to the headmaster -
  • slow down (02/01/2018, 20:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Crime starts with careless men and women having children they do not want and can't afford. They let them go to roam the streets and they get involved in crime.
  • resident (02/01/2018, 20:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for this positive article VINO. This should offer some hope that we can control murders and crime in our country...we just need sound leadership.
  • Jeezy (02/01/2018, 20:49) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    If the government and churches in the BVI are serious and start to practice what they preach... crime will be alleviated.
    Govt must enforce the law no matter how minor the offence.
    All churches must go daily to the poor depressed communities to provide basis needs and guide them how to live productively.
    Its clear to me that the BVI has a social and spiritual problem, our unhealthy culture and practices need to be changed.
    • City man (02/01/2018, 22:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Jeezy you are forgetting one important aspect. What about parents? They have their children long before church and government.
  • Me (02/01/2018, 20:49) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    are you crazy? drug dealers going to establishments to sell their stuff and ARMED? and the police do nothing but
    harrass business owners who won't pay them blackmail money. hint, western island. you're full of S---.
    nothing a nuke can't cure. BVI corrupt as gangster run USA.
  • Reply (02/01/2018, 22:16) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    While I understand where you are coming from, it is not the government nor the churches responsibility to make people productive that the job of the parents. Besides, I thought some persons do not like either groups to tell them how to live.

    However, I do agree that the Gov’t should enforce the laws regardless of who you are.
  • Ralph (04/01/2018, 06:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mi belly. Have mercy but we are undiscipline that is why we have so much crime. Lock up people who obstruct traffic. Lock up Promoters and bar owners who fail to manage their crowds adequately. Mi seh Lock dem up! Prison dem!
  • my two cents (04/01/2018, 23:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No bail for persons found with illegal guns and ammunition.

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