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'This is the first time I really feel unsafe' in VI– Hon Marlon A. Penn

- calls on all legislators to come together for national dialogue on crime
Opposition legislator in the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) says, as a result of crime, now is the first time he has really felt unsafe in the VI. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Member Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), 2nd from right, was a guest on the November 13, 2023, edition of Talking Points on ZBVI 780 AM. Photo: Facebook
Opposition Member Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), 2nd from right, was a guest on the November 13, 2023, edition of Talking Points on ZBVI 780 AM. Photo: Facebook
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has said there will be an anti-crime summit in the Virgin Islands in the first quarter of 2024. Photo: GIS/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has said there will be an anti-crime summit in the Virgin Islands in the first quarter of 2024. Photo: GIS/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Opposition legislator in the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) says, as a result of crime, now is the first time he has really felt unsafe in the VI.

This is a very difficult time for all of us in this territory. I mean, this is the first time I really feel unsafe, even just to be social,” Hon Penn told a panelist during the Monday, November 23, 2023, episode of Talking Points on ZBVI 780 AM.

People killed outside entertainment spots – Hon Penn

“You see very popular local, local establishments, people have been killed outside, right in East End,” he added.

Hon Penn said there have even been murders right in front of his grandparents’ home where he would visit two or three times a week. “So for me, this is a very concerning situation,” he detailed.

The Opposition Member noted that he asked a question in the House of Assembly (HoA), directed to the Premier, about having a committee of the entire house to address the issue of crime.

“Crime is not just a national security issue, it's an issue for all of us as leaders of a country. So, all of us need to be a part of this discussion and this discourse and what the plan is moving forward to address the issue of crime,” he added.

There have been six fatal shootings for 2023, with the latest being the gunning down of 25-year-old Julio Rivera at Wickham’s Cay I on November 6, 2023.

More conversations on crime needed – Hon Penn

Hon Penn continued that while legislators have had conversations with the local police force led by Commissioner of Police Mark Collins, there is a need for an ongoing conversation at the local level.

He spoke about the East End Police Station being closed and said it was reopened after he and some concerned citizens raised their voices against it.

One of the panelists of Talking Points, Mrs Violet Thomas-Gall, spoke about her experience in witnessing crime in the East End area and also asserted that the district is now an unsafe one.

“It’s unfortunate that we have to have that stigma attached to our community,” Mr Penn added while calling for more to be done about crime in the VI.

Anti-crime summit

Meanwhile, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has said there will be an anti-crime summit in the first quarter of 2024.

Dr Wheatley said the summit will draw on the expertise of various stakeholder groups including religious organisations, government agencies, schools, the police and other civil society groups.

20 Responses to “'This is the first time I really feel unsafe' in VI– Hon Marlon A. Penn”

  • father (20/11/2023, 12:45) Like (31) Dislike (5) Reply
    Me too. As it is dark I want to be in my house.
    • herbs power (21/11/2023, 04:05) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      These pot holes out here have me scared to big dawg. cant wait to get a drone vehicle big dawg.
  • CSC (20/11/2023, 12:49) Like (35) Dislike (3) Reply

    Hon. Marlon you have all right to‼️ It is the environment you and other leaders created for the past 20 years by not putting programs in place for misguided youths and I used the word misguided in a careful context because what these youths have turned into is way worst than being misguided.

    You guys focused on putting the resources in your p****ts and not in programs for the children but you continue to preach that the youths are the future. You have Dist. Rep 6 with his ownership of youths with his BS youth for as if they should only be for he and he ended up being arrested and there he is right back in the HOA.

    We all know what happened to the Bronx Bummer and since then it have been youth after youth going six under.

    Our leaders are leading with example so don’t expect less of what you are seeing.

    Be the change you want the community to be and then you will see change.

    A set of wasted time and resources all of you guys are, PERIODTTT!!!

  • Boy stop (20/11/2023, 13:01) Like (22) Dislike (7) Reply
    Who u owe money? Unless u in something messy o dog ain’t even studying u…cut it out!
  • Sammy (20/11/2023, 13:02) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    No one cares Marlon. NDP, PVIM, VIP, hell even the United Party doesnt care. We have had decades to fix this plague on our land. Our problem is plain and simple- we jokey when it comes to enforcement of the law. Why would someone be deterred about firearm ownership when worse case they get is 5 yrs in Balo? Why would someone be deterred about robbing and killing when the odds of them being caught is low, and the odds of conviction is even lower? What truly is the point? If any of these politicians had a pair of balls, and worth more than the hot air that comes out their mouth, they would stiffen the laws and compell, support and assist in enforcement. I bet the first 5 or 6 lil boys that get 25 years in prison for being caught with a gun, or life in prison for more than 1 kilo of cocaine, or life + 50 years for murder using a firearm, they would seriously think long and hard before them make a move. But hear wa- before we get to that, we need to bring in some young experienced prosecutors, and police from the UK or even US with expert knowledge of evidentiary procedure. This way no hiccups come trial time- which is normal the case. Next focus on increasing DPP expertise so they are a well oil machined.

    Lets stop talk and lets START TO DO mehson! Stop waste trip and tax payer money on trip about global climate change and focus on social change at home. Sick fools.
  • The world lacks genuine people! (20/11/2023, 13:08) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    It ionly made you feel unsafe when it hit close to home, other than that yall couldn't give a shhhh about crime. Many were gunned down and there was no outcry and no big march on the road for the victims. Some of you just want to shed a tear, light a candle or release a balloon when there's a camera, but after that yall forget the victims and mention their names less and the police are also qiulty. Think about it, if the people who are employed to serve and protect us , can't be passionate about the VICTIMS and having justice served, then what are they being paid for? I pray for justice for all the victims.
  • for real (20/11/2023, 14:13) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Darkness don’t catch me outside.
    • @For Real (21/11/2023, 07:32) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      It ain’t catching me outside my home. This place is not well lit at night and it is the Holiday Season and people is disparate. They might clock me upside the head and rob me. I am paranoid ever since someone was following me in a dark color vehicle one night after I left work. The person stop following my vehicle when they saw me attempt to pull into the police station up East. Once I got home, my knees were shaking so bad from fright. My boss was understanding and he change my shift to day. There is no way I will be caught outside after sun down.
  • El Demonio Negro (20/11/2023, 14:45) Like (7) Dislike (14) Reply
    • @El Demonio Negro (20/11/2023, 17:08) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Have you traveled all over the World? How did you manage to come up with that? You are another one that is delusional. Since the BVI is the safest place in the world, perhaps I should start going to sleep with my doors and windows unlocked and open and leaving my parked vehicle unlock, windows rolled down with my purse on the front seat or dash board. Then we will see how safe it is or the safest place in the World. One of my pet peeves is stupidity. Learn how to make the stupidity make sense mannnnnn.
  • Truth (20/11/2023, 16:34) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tourists physically ,violently attacked in the Carrot Bay Villgage in the past 2days by the identical attackers. SHHHHH! Nature"sSecret.
    • @Truth (21/11/2023, 09:59) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      They push that under the rug.Soon the tourist is going to stop coming here to vacation. When they leave, they warn people not to come to the BVI to vacation. But like you said Shhhhhhhh the identical attackers strikes again. Their main objective is to prey on the tourist that visit Carrot Bay. Put that in the news, don’t cover it up
  • 2023 (20/11/2023, 17:22) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hon Penn the Governor hold responsibly for Border Security of this British Overseas Territory

    Ammunition is not made here or cocaine therefore Guns or Drugs have to be coming across the borders

    the political leaders need to stop fussing among themselves and question the United Kingdom representatives as to the lack of border security and the unsolved crimes

    While in House of Assembly ask the Governor about the lack of defensive border security and the Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force about the unsolved crimes and the rise in criminal activity in this Territory

    • @2023 (21/11/2023, 11:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is what has made the BVI unsafe. The constant blame on others and no self reflection. It may be that the Border Security is with the Governor but what are average people doing about any issues? People know who have guns, bring in guns, bring in drugs and are involved in the murders. But the that they won't give up this information and only blame others is what is keeping us down. Not the Governor nor the UK.
  • FOR REAL (20/11/2023, 19:48) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    • Jam in (21/11/2023, 07:24) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      This last comment hits us below the Belt. To date that case has not even been settled as yet. But we are going to delay and delay until the sting is gone and then throw the entire Bath water and the Fetus out, and the culprits are on their routine of killing again.
  • Norris Turnbull (20/11/2023, 20:22) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Marlon playing POLITICS BIG TIME......
  • time will tell (21/11/2023, 10:40) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    I remember my first trip to the UK and driving from one town to the other at night, I was surprised that for miles, there was not one street light to be seen. If we got a flat, we would have been in the pitch black fixing it. WE live on a very small island and we bitch for street lights on every corner. It is not only unnecessary but not affordable. Every light that a hurricane or storm blows down must be replaced. We still replacing lights after Irma and Maria.

    What we need is for the Police to enforce the laws of the Virgin Islands. If they don't know how, then they need to be taught. Why the Governor not brought in trainers from the British Army to train them? that is what the Government need to be asking for and stop play politics with people's lives.
  • STEWPS (21/11/2023, 22:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    U wronged anybody? Chatting piss

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