Uncompromising On Crime
Following two fatal shootings in the Territory, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration has sought to assure residents of its commitment to support crime-fighting.
On Wednesday, September 2, George “Shawala” Burrows was shot in his home in Purcell Estate, and then on Thursday, September 10, Matthew Daly was shot in the Spring Ghut area.
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie expressed sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of both men.
"As a Government, we do not condone such senseless acts of violence as there is zero-tolerance to crime of any kind. No one must deprive another of the right to live or to live in safety. People cannot be making their own decisions on how to handle matters on their own," the Premier stated.
He added, "As a Government, we will continue to ensure that law enforcement agencies get the resources necessary for executing their work. We will also strengthen the laws and make the penalties stiffer and uncompromising to deter anyone who thinks about or commits nefarious crimes."
The Premier stated that persons engaging in any illegal activities will be sought after vigorously and brought to justice as Government will not allow the actions of a few individuals to endanger the welfare of the BVI and its economy.
"The British Virgin Islands is a place of peace where people live and also visit to enjoy what we have to offer as a destination and jurisdiction. Right now, we are faced with COVID-19, and we want to ensure that we are all concentrating all our efforts in keeping people safe and healthy in ‘The New Regular.’ This is not the time, place, and country for crime. This is a place where there is BVILOVE," the Premier stated.
He stated that Government is in support of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in solving all crimes. The Premier encouraged persons with information contact Detective Inspector Vernon Larocque directly at 368-9809 or via the Major Crime Investigation Team at 368-5682.