Vendors concerned about Arcade security

Vendors in the Vendors’ Arcade are concerned about security at the facility.

Vendors’ Association President, Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac told the Times that security personnel are not much in evidence in the Arcade.

According to Isaac, only about five members of the City Constabulary are responsible for security in the area.

“Their visibility is almost non-existent,” he said.

Isaac disclosed that at  times  visitors to the Arcade get mugged even before others can intervene.

“Sometimes people are afraid to intervene because some of  the guys who are doing the muggings and the grabbing of chains, sometimes these guys are armed and  people don’t want to go too close to them,” Isaac explained.

He recalled being informed that about a week ago a visitor to the Arcade beat  up a would be robber and held the individual until the police came.

Isaac said security will be one of the issues to be highlighted in a petition that vendors intend sending to the Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) very soon.

He indicated that the situation of arrears owed to the CCC by vendors would only worsen if the security issue is not properly addressed because the Arcade will not be patronized as it should, resulting in diminished earnings for vendors.