The Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture has expressed concern over attacks on business places, after a spate of armed robberies at commercial establishments.
“We are extremely concerned and we are hoping that the police will increase their patrols to act as a deterrent and we are hoping and advising our members to put increased security measures in place to mitigate against the chance of a robbery,” the Executive Director of the Chamber, Brian Louisy, told St Lucia Times.
He disclosed that the chamber’s Law and Order Committee is keeping a close eye on developments while doing what it can to engage the relevant authorities, with a view to adopting a broad-based approach towards addressing the problem.
However, Louisy explained that in the meantime, the chamber is advising its members to be vigilant and put measures in place to protect themselves, life, property and their customers.
“The members are invited to consider all options at their disposal. There are a number of reputable firms on Island that provide security services – they should consider it, but there’s always the consideration of escalating where everyone is armed, that may not be the best situation but the security experts will certainly advise better on that,” Louisy stated.
Headline photo: Bandits rummage through cash register at Builders Choice, Choiseul last week after holding up employees at gunpoint.