News from the Caribbean as of Tuesday November 30, 2004
Armed robberies forces St Kitts med-school to form its own security service
Commissioner of Police
Robert Jeffers and his men
will liaise with the RUSVM's
Photo: Norman 'Gus' ******
by Norman 'Gus' ******
Caribbean Net News Special Regional Correspondent
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands: A series of robberies (some involving arms), which appear to be targeting Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) students, has forced officials at the American-owned facility to institute its own security service.
Dean of the RUSVM, ***** De Young reported that in seven days there were four separate incidents involving nine students who were robbed at gunpoint. De Young said the victims were all women and were in groups of twos or threes.
According to him, a number of the incidents took place around 8 pm while others were around midnight.
De Young said the pattern suggest that the incidents happened as the students were leaving an establishment or an event or arriving home.
He expressed the view that, "somebody had either followed them home and got out of a car and robbed them at gunpoint," at which time "they were asked to hand over their handbags, whatever they had, cheques, credit cards, cash," and in one case, a camera was taken.
Expressing the view that the police cannot be everywhere all the time, the school's officials said the robberies have forced them to implement their own security system and as of next week, two Campus Security patrol cars will cruise into operation providing protection for students on and off campus.
De Young also pointed out that, the school has been in consultation with government on the whole issue of "increasing the security since last year when Daniel Bradford was killed and at that time we started planning for our own proprietary security force. We met with the Prime Minister and other Cabinet officials on it and now it's just beginning to come together," he said.
The Dean went on to make it clear that "RUSVM Security is not a police force, but a security organization that can work with the police to create a better liaison between the police and our Ross students."
In the 1980s, homeowners in St. Kitts came down hard on the Government demanding that something be done about students of the Ross University. The students were accused of destroying and vandalizing the houses they rented, causing homeowners to incur great expense to repair their damaged properties.