“I really feared for my life” – German tourist tells of robbery and kidnapping experience on Batibou Beach

This photo does not represent the actual experience of the German tourist

Editor’s note: A German tourist’s recent visit to Dominica cannot be described as a good experience. In an email to Dominica News Online he related a terrible episode that has him thinking twice about the safety of visitors to the Nature Isle.

Below is the edited email from the German tourist. DNO has decided not to publish his name as this could expose his friends and contacts in Dominica to danger.

I was a German tourist, visiting my friend and her family in Dominica. My friend is local and speaks a very Dominican accent. I am white, European, obviously not local, speaking a foreign accent.

On June 15, 2011, we were looking for Batibou Beach, Hampstead. We asked at the tourism information desk for the way there. A few bends further north, we also flagged a car and asked directions. The guys in the car showed us the beach. My friend immediately said, “They look like drug people” (and you could smell that). But we did not really worry.

At the beach there was another couple, a French tourist and his tour guide from Calibishie. We were talking, having a good time. When they wanted to leave, we got ready to leave, too.

My friend at that point saw a green Toyota pickup in the bushes, but she didn’t deem this important.

When the other couple left the beach, a second after, three masked men with cutlasses came upon us. Two attacked me, one came for my friend. They threw us down, bound our hands, blindfolded us and demanded all our valuables.

They asked me where we are from and so I told them. They were obviously shocked that they had attacked a local. For couple seconds they seemed to think about discontinuing the whole thing.

Then they brought us further along the beach in the bushes. We had to lie down flat and shut up.

Two of them went back to search the car. One stayed behind with us.

Then followed a good three hours on the ground. We were waiting for it to get dark. They talked, went to smoke, were on the phone. At that point, my friend could get into conversation with them. They loosened her handcuffs. She was also allowed to sit up. I had to stay on the ground and was called degrading names such as “Babylon Boy” and stuff like that.

They went through my wallet and asked me about all my cards and what they are. I didn’t understand their accents too well, so I got smacked all the time for not answering properly. At one point they put a plastic bag over my head so that I was about to suffocate.

When I was lying there, being beaten and called names, given the plastic bag over my head, I really feared for my life. It is a feeling that cannot be described. There was so much deep hatred for that white boy. They made reference to the history of black people and things that whites had done to them. And now they had one of the perpetrators in their hands.

After dark, they brought us back to the car and we left the beach, all in our car. They had called a friend to come and pick up theirs.

In the bushes, they changed clothes and put them into a backpack. This they will eventually forget in the car.

They brought us to Calibishie then. My friend there had to go to the ATM and withdraw EC$1,000 with my VISA card. At that point they had to remove her blindfold and she saw their faces. I stayed back in the car with a cutlass on my neck. After she had left the car, they called somebody and told him that there is a girl at the ATM right now and he should keep an eye on her and stay on the phone to tell them if she did something she was not supposed to do.

After they got the money, we were driving around for a while. They wanted to go home to where we lived to seize the valuables from our apartment. But the car was out of gas, not enough to reach where we were living. So they eventually left the car in Marigot and let us go. They forgot their backpack in the car, within which we later found their pants, our digital camera, our CDs, the speakers of the car.

We drove some miles, then stopped at a bar and called the police.

The police took our reports one or two days later. We gave them all the details, especially those that could help to track the fellas down. The most important are:

– My friend saw a face (police doesnt have a sketcher though, so no picture was made)
– They drove around in the car, left fingerprints everywhere
– We had their pants, therefore know their sizes
– We saw their car, a green Toyota pickup
– we heard them calling a 275 number. This is a postpaid account, which are not too numerous, especially in that area.
– We showed the police where we were dropped off.
– At least one of them was from the area, he spoke with a very north east accent

However, nothing more happened. The police told us that there had been five similar incidents during the past three weeks, but allegedly nobody got injured. This wasn’t the truth though for a former employee of my friend’s mother got severly beaten when he was robbed a few days earlier, it took 18 stitches to sew his wounds.

Anyway, we were not given any more information as to what is going on. Nobody was interested in the face or any other thing. They even asked us to investigate ourselves for that is normally the most successful thing.

Nobody, not family nor friends, knew about the danger. They were all shocked. So we called the Ministry in Roseau and eventually met with Alvin Bernard.

He seemed to take it serious that countries like Jamaica or the Dominican Republic warn their tourists of where not to go and what not to do and thus give them a sense of security. Police cares, crime is tackled. Not so in Dominca though!!

What we find most scandalous, however, is that no appropriate warnings are issued and no sufficient efforts are made to catch the fellas. The region up there is not too big and people know each other. It should be more than possible to find them.

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218 Comments

  1. theglobeawaits
    June 28, 2014

    I am so very sorry that this happened to these tourists. It seems like it is so much easier to blame the victim than to believe that terrible things happen to good people. It gives us the ability to write off such monstrosity.

    I have been looking into traveling to Dominica for my next vacation, but after reading this forum, I have decided to avoid Dominica altogether and perhaps forever…sadly! I love to hike and think it looks wonderful. The majority of people seem very nice!

    I refuse to be a victim of crime or carry around a permanent emotional scar just to travel. And, yes, I know that other islands in the Caribbean have crime, but what they have is an adequate police force to keep tourists relatively safe. And, yes, there is crime in America, but we have a large country and millions of people. I personally have never been mugged or raped and neither have any of my friends.

    I hope the people of Dominica demand more from the government and police and rise up against this corruption. As a traveler, my husband and I could have added thousands of dollar into the local economy, and if you multiply that by even hundreds of tourists you see my point…You can decry the tourist, or the white man, or whomever you want. Blame anyone you want, but realize you will likely eventually harm your own country in the long run through loss of income from tourism.

  2. Wow
    March 21, 2012

    Hey Mr garman tourist … was these guys the ones that robbed you?

    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/marigot-robbers.jpg

    I hope so … that means that is that … if not …?

  3. Anonymous
    October 19, 2011

    I am surprised that people in Dominica think that this place is the safest in the world. My family have been attacked and robbed in Dominica, police also did nothing. i lost my stuff for the value of 10000 EC, but nobody even tried to find the robbers. And every time i met some one new in Dominica, this person starts conversation from describing Dominica as the most safes place in the world. I am really upset about German guy, because i had been in same situation with knife on my neck this summer. Shame on Dominica police, which did nothing. They can easily catch the robbers at Hampstead beach, bu do they need it?

  4. puzzeled
    August 12, 2011

    i agree with u Envar and where did the gas come from when the tank was originally empty

  5. ashamed
    August 2, 2011

    I think the policemen including the chief should all be fired and put a swat team from the U.S. or Canada in their place. That would get rid of the corruption. Shame.

  6. ashamed
    August 2, 2011

    Envar shame shame on you. To say such terrible things is an embarrasment to Dominica. Be careful or something worse might happen to you. You should be locked up and never see the light of day.

  7. Free
    August 1, 2011

    The recent attack against the owners of Pagua Bay restaurant and Silks Hotel is a dreadful and sad turn of events. I would like to extend my sympathy to their families.

    If this incident and related attacks in the North-east had been taken seriously and addressed adequately by the Police and other authorities then this attack against two of our investors could have been definitely avoided.

    I hope all those that denied this story are now fully aware of the increasing crime in Dominica and the reality that the country is not as safe as we thought. I also hope that the authorities will now take the necessary steps to address the increase in crime and stop with their laissez-faire stance against crime within our shores.

    Our citizens must talk and if necessary, take action against the perpetrators that are affecting our security and economic development whether they are hiding behind masks or hiding behind their official titles as PM, minister, etc.

  8. Concerned
    July 30, 2011

    The North especially have seen enough of these tourist comings and goings enjoying their beautiful scenery, buying up the most beautiful parts of their land, where the locals used to make their gardens now they segregate themselves with dogs and fences, blocking short cuts,etc,etc, and yes, the locals get nothing to talk about. Be serious people these incidents will definitely happen some time or the other. This is a matter of THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS. Has any one studied the psychology of Poverty as we know it today?
    Please people give me a break. At least they were not hurt or killed. Can’t you see they were after what they do not have? There’s no jobs for our strong youth and in
    Calibishie there are only two policemen in the station. How much do you want from these guys who are not equipped for hell on earth as in the USA, Trinidad, GUyana and Jamaica etc.etc. This crime you call petite theft. Stop looking at the world one sided.
    Its unfortunate this happened to anyone, but
    we will always have theives. In earlier times they stole a bunch of bananas, some mangoes, a cane etc. etc.The world have changed with TV, Internet, Iphone,Tablet so
    its a different type of robbery but its the same thiefing.

    • Free
      August 1, 2011

      @Concerned, how can you state that, at least, the victims were not hurt or killed? Have you even been attacked? This must be a “no.” You seem to be justifying the actions of the criminals. By the way, this would make you a criminal as well.

      Of course, there will always be crime but the kind of crime that is now occurring is now more vicious and frightening. What is really concerning is the laid-back stance of the authorities. They simply need to do more. Yes, We are all aware that the police department is understaffed and underequipped. I was a government employee myself. However, the police department is paid to do a job and I do not see them doing much in terms of crime intervention. Drugs but nothing else!

      Also, I want to see more done in regards to poverty alleviation. YOu are right. Poverty breeds crime and other sorts of illegal acts. The red clinic is something that will never work. This is a short-term remedy. More proactive, rigorous and long-term measures must be implemented to assist vulnerable people.

      Foreigners will always come to the islands. We travel and settle in our countries too. Should this make us vulnerable to brutal attacks too? The island’s government must protect investors and foreigners alike. However, they must put measures in place to ensure that local resources are protected. Prime agricultural land should be protected and ownership of our land must be better regulated. Most importantly, the distribution of wealth must be improved.

      The situation here is perpetuated by a governing structure that supports corruption, illegal acquiring of wealth and restricting financial opportunities to political and family circles. Our leaders must set an example themselves and led with a greater level of accountability, transparency as well as practice the oath of ethics that they signed up to when they took up office.

      The time is now. We will be confronted with dire consequences if the appropriate measures are not taken.

    • Anonymous
      January 17, 2014

      I definatly think that the politicians could do a lot more as only they can help the job situation and not only help american students with university careers while dominicans have to steal to get by! They are turning dominica into a stuff as much as you can into your pocket state instead of a new democracy…..

  9. Concerned
    July 30, 2011

    Most of those who commit crimes are HAVE NOTS
    Do you know how it feels to be poor and have nothing yet everyday have to experience those who have been coming and living lavishly on your soil? Some of these foreigners, how many of them even think of giving something back? Something like a Library. All they do is give their money to the foreign hoteliers. What does the locals get? NOTHING.

    • confused by concern
      August 1, 2011

      Hi Concerned, are you saying that if you are a foregneir and own a hotel you should build a Library or you should expect(and deserve) to have a bag over your head, held at cutlass point, and thrown in the bushes bound and gagged, and be robbed? OK I guess that makes sense to you given your argument of not things not being fair…but only if local bussiness folk who make money would be held to the same standard…I have not heard of that happening to locals. Sounds like racism and xenophobia in your concern…My guess is that attitude is not going to help our nature isle. We should give foregneirs a warning to stay out! and figure out how to take care of our own island

      • Anonymous
        January 17, 2014

        Here here!!! Well said bro!!

    • Xidrea
      August 2, 2011

      What do u mean the locals get nothing? These same people that visit Dominica provide many jobs for locals (eg Taxi drivers hotel workers ) if these people didn’t visit what would happen to those people that make a living from the tourism industry. Your comment is very egocentric there are many people out there that benefit. Many people people that commit crime are lazy uneducated people instead of robbing innocent white people they should go and make something of their live and stop blaming the government an their environment for their situation life is what u make it

      • Upset
        August 3, 2011

        Concerned… you are an idiot. I hope you give to the HAVE NOTs. I also think that you perceive the HAVE NOTs as criminals when this is simply not true. Sure, some of them are but ones economic status does not make lack of morals okay. Give your head a shake.

      • Anonymous
        January 17, 2014

        Do you know how many drivers are not able to read or write?

    • Anonymous
      April 13, 2012

      r u an a**

  10. interesting
    July 29, 2011

    Envar I thik you are a heartless and cruel individual. I am ashamed of perople like you. I pray to god that nothing like this happens to you or your family. Sad that people like you exist.

  11. amoy
    July 29, 2011

    When all is said and done, government all over is corrupted. From the president to governor, to senator. Police afraid of the bad boys dem. For de police to say they do eight hours work, they give people speeding tickets and dem petty fings.

  12. blessings
    July 28, 2011

    It is a shame,because of a few lazy people we are let to feel bad;as a Dominican. I hope that the police find those lazy good for nothing.

  13. lando
    July 28, 2011

    Can some one please follow up with the crime rate per capital for Dominica and a few other islands please? When last have anyone of you reading this have been mugged walking the streets in day or night.Does the average Dominican or visitor to the island walk the streets in fear? Please share some info.

  14. Naomi
    July 28, 2011

    I am happy that the female friend was not raped.Last year an incident happened in SXM to 2 of my friends who visited.The female got raped.They got the culprits.I was so ashamed they were Dominicans like myself.It was traumatized and lost weight just because of some idiot who dont want to work.I hope that the Police in Dominica start working.I know for sure they work at the ports.

  15. Patriotic Citizen
    July 28, 2011

    Going back to our legal system, investment should definitely be prioritized. Schorlarships are being offered and accepted by students to pursue their careers but what about job creation by offering different programs that we ourselves need here to ensure that the creation of jobs could be made possible in crime investigation and other programs related to our legal system: that’s the only way we could improve investigation in cases like these!

    On the other hand this article although demeaning to the reputation of Dominica’s toursm reputation – it’s appauling shame on the people who threaten lives of visitors.

    • Patriotic Citizen
      July 28, 2011

      *scholarships programs that concentrate within these needed careers* correction

  16. Anonymous
    July 28, 2011

    why in heavens name are you all blamming the POLICE its not their fault that he was robbed they can only investigate based on what he told them and by they way you alll should be crying shame on the young folks who is destroying the good name of our country

    • Anonymous
      July 28, 2011

      you are such a dum dum, the police should have done a better job

  17. love to give
    July 28, 2011

    these guys dont want to work like everybody else and are taking dominica’s rep to the pits.but when they are found layers still pleed on getting milt court sentences for them which causes them to continue the same bad acts,this is very bad for our tourism industry trust that.

  18. YowYow
    July 28, 2011

    YOW!My opinion is that i find fellas get into the police force too easily not enough training in the know about of security,prevention and the investigation of crimes. What it takes? About six months to become a cop 80%Physic and 20%Psychology!In DA once they choose u for the six months vacation up MORNE BRUCE u automatically becomes a cop.If we look at the police force they don’t really battle other crimes like they do drugs sometimes it makes u wonder if is the money they get when they flop a drug move!

  19. Anonymous
    July 28, 2011

    Hmmm Police? Do we really have such in Dominica or mostly a government funded gang?
    They never have transportation to go to a crime scene on time but they do have to go visit their girls go bar hopping and crash them when they done. Nicely, state sponsored gangsters is what they are for the most part.

    • NOTHINGFORNOTHING
      July 28, 2011

      I agree 100%%

  20. rude boi
    July 28, 2011

    the only thing the d/ca police worries about is seizing drugz and drug money to take it for their self..officerz u must get caught up in d seen one day and it maybe might be too late!!!!!i aint calling names but i know dem !!!!

  21. unknown
    July 28, 2011

    SO DEM POLICE BE IN DOMINICA .. WHEN IS CRIME LIKE THAT DEY NEVER KNOW .. BUT IF DEM MAN LEFT HALF A BAG OF WEED .. DEY WILL KNOW WHO .. DATS WHY I SAY WHEN A MAN DO CRIME ON ME OR SOMETHING I DOIN MY OWN INVESTIGATIONS .. I REPORTIN TO THE POLICE .. AND I DOIN MY OWN RESEARCH .. AND I GETTIN A CLOSE POLICE PARTNER OF MINE AND GO AFTER THE PERSON .. I DOH WASTIN TIME WAIT ON HEADQUARTERS

    • NOTHINGFORNOTHING
      July 28, 2011

      my boy is dat it hav eh trust me.. cuz police useless n lazy

  22. Brooklyn
    July 28, 2011

    The police Dept in Dominica needs better training. I am from Grenada and my wife is from Dominica. When i lived in NY i was working for a Dominican Guy that owns a security company. He employs alot of NYPD officer and ex-officers i think the goverment should ask him for his help. I was in Dominica for the cricket and my wife said she was going to contact the guy after she heard how cops were talking to a disable man. I would publish his name but i don’t want to get sued.

  23. antigua
    July 28, 2011

    come to antigua my friends u r welcome

    • amoy
      July 29, 2011

      Antigua is just as bad. With all those foreigners that take over the island…

      Again, in the 60’s, mostly we Dominicans were the foreigners in Antigua. We were a peaceful lot. The Antiguans used to say we ‘bang watar’, we take our frock and make sail to come to Antigua’. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Now they wish is only Dominicans was there now instead of the JA’s, Guyanan’s, etc. Cest life, eh. That’s life, eh.

      • Xidrea
        August 2, 2011

        Amoy, every where have their problems but the police in Antigua actually try to solve crime …..

  24. true dominican
    July 27, 2011

    sir am sorry, what i can tell you don’t come back. stay away from Dominica they not good ,only politic and behind the government they are,it good for all visitors to stay away from that country bold sheet

    • Moore Park Rep
      July 28, 2011

      Someone with the lowest level of intelligence alone would advise this unfortunate victim not to come back to D’ca and politicise what has happened. How about telling those who committed the offence, to find some form of employment; then again, there aren’t any jobs in D’ca are there? Far be it for them to get their hands dirty, byt working the land but it’s their given right to covet what others have worked hard for and rob them of it.

    • CaCa Chat La
      July 28, 2011

      you go and categorize all Dominican
      that’s just wrong

    • Inquisitive
      July 28, 2011

      You make me sick!!!

    • MALPARDEE
      July 29, 2011

      I AGREE WITH U.

  25. MAY
    July 27, 2011

    IN THE NINTEES THEY WERE POLICEMEN I WAS IN
    DA LAST WEEK I SAW TOY COPS. WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FORM A TOY. ITS SHAMEFUL TO SEE THAT
    CRIMINALS ARE WORKING FREE ON THE STREETS
    OF DA

  26. MAY
    July 27, 2011

    HEARTLESS HUMAN BEING SHAME ON YOU

  27. Truth,Justice,Peace
    July 27, 2011

    This couple will obviously never return to Dominica.
    Dominica is in need of honest and dedicated police officers who take their work seriously. You are the Police. The motto of the Police is, “To serve and protect.” Granted, you cannot be everywhere. Whenever your receive complaints be it from nationals and tourists, you must take them seriously and pursue the culprits.
    Tourists will report this to their governments and travel agency and Dominica will receive a bad reputation. You must do all in your power according to your office.
    Police are paid through taxpayers’ money. They must be ever ready to listen and to perform their paid jobs.
    People are afraid to speak up for fear of retribution.
    Our Lord Jesus Christ said, though in spiritual terms: “Those who wish to save their lives will lose it in the end”, for all eternity.
    We cannot allow criminals to run lose and to continue harming nationals and tourists who visit our island. Legitimate tourists contribute to the economy of our country.
    When people report to the Police, the Police should not divulge where the information originated from and as they conduct their investigation. You are to protect the identity of informers. Learn from progressive countries.

  28. Truth,Justice,Peace
    July 27, 2011

    Dominica is in need of honest and dedicated police officers who take their work seriously. You are the Police. The motto of the Police is, “To serve and protect.” Granted, you cannot be everywhere. Whenever your receive complaints be it from nationals and tourists, you must take them seriously and pursue the culprits.
    Tourists will report this to their governments and travel agency and Dominica will receive a bad reputation. You must do all in your power according to your office.
    Police are paid through taxpayers’ money. They must be ever ready to listen and to perform their paid jobs.
    People are afraid to speak up for fear of retribution.
    As for you such criminals, you are in a dire straights. If you do not change your ways, your lot will be Hell forever and ever. Satan has you in his throes and it appears that you will not escape from his influence. You will also not age gracefully. Consider your end during life and the suffering you will undergo in live as you age and when you die forever.
    Repent! Worship God! Make penance and restitution for the wrongs that you have done. If you are willing to do this with a humble and contrite heart, God will forgive you.
    Fellow Dominicans, we are hearing and reading that Dominica is not the safe island that it once were especially when some of us were younger. What a sweet place Dominica was and which I still feel it is except for a few ill-mannered, undisciplined, disrespectful, non-loving and caring, non-law abiding criminals.
    When the world hears of this incident Dominica will no longer be attractive to tourists. Dominica stands to lose a lot.
    Let us all pray fervently for Dominica and for those criminals who do not realize that they are not only doing themselves a great disservice but their very own country and its progress.
    Police, you must do more to restore safety and security in Dominica. No exception also for the tourists visitors.
    German couple, my heart goes out to you. I apologize to you for the ill-repute of those criminals.

  29. Truth,Justice,Peace
    July 27, 2011

    Times have changed in Dominica. There were times that people could bathe anywhere, picnic and have fun without having to be accosted by criminals, tied up and robbed, also by drug addicts.
    What has gone wrong with some Dominicans? As they became godless, the devil took over their souls and with illegal drugs. This is why illegal drugs should never be government-approved.
    This is so sad and disappointing to read that something as this could happen in our beautiful island. Some people do spoil our country’s reputation.

    • amoy
      July 29, 2011

      The times that people could bave in the river and not be harmed was in the 1960s.

      I think they should charge and arrest people who go around carrying cutlasses. Before, in the early 40s, 50s, and 60s, people carry cutlass when they going to their gardens, now those young and old lazy-bones carry it to steal from people. :cry: :cry:

  30. Anonymous
    July 27, 2011

    Colour or nationality of the victims should not matter. What matters is that it happened in the first place.

    We want visitors to the island, we want them to remember their stay and to come again. If word gets around that Dominica is not a safe place and that the police are inept (some not all), what do you think it would do to the tourist trade.

    I have family and friends visiting Dominica often, must I only take them to certain places, must I always go with a guide.

    I lived in a city full of so called ‘bad men’ and their was always someone else badder than them. I always wonder how these dreges of society would feel if it was their loved ones.

  31. shocking
    July 27, 2011

    It is not the story that is shocking, but some of the responses to the story. Let me tell you this happened. And it is certainly NOT an isolated incident, there are many, all over the island and especially in the north and Calibishi area. Local folks are robbed all the time, and so too are tourists, they are particularly vulnerable as the robbers feel they don’t have time to pursue the case as they are here for short periods. Yes, the police are lame, in their response and in their attitude, the number of bad police unfortunately out weigh the good guys in the force. But the bottom line is….we need to address our national security issues NOW!!

  32. Michelle Bernard
    July 27, 2011

    It saddens me to learn that violent drug crime has spread to our beautiful tranquil island. I am a proud Dominican (who currently resides in the UK), I have always felt safe at home in D/a, remembering times gone by when you could leave your house open and know that anyone passing would not dream of entering. Whilst we can blame the current economic climate, American TV and the like; we have to accept that some of our islands strong ethical morals have faded. We have never been an island rich with fortune and an abundance of wealth but what we lacked in material things we gained in self respect, honor, morals and pride.
    It is evident that the police are lazy, lack common sense and training; we are constantly asking for funding for all sorts of things from the western countries, we should ask for fundamental training for our police officers; the superintendent should be held accountable for the staff to which he is responsible. An investigation into the way this case was handled should take place and those officers should be reprimanded accordingly. However this should not distract from the fact the Low Life criminals that committed this crime need to be captured and punished accordingly.
    The criminals that committed this crime gave reference to injustice’s against our ancestors, there is a point where we need to draw a line and move on and not let this race hate infest our bodies, souls and minds; this is 2011 and not 1911 where we are repressed for the colour of our skin. Those individuals were searching for an excuse to justify their wrong doings in stead of facing up to their fact the personal failings and looking forward to how they can achieve a better life for there selves that their families, friends and they could be proud of.

    I hope that the German tourist’s (and visiting local victim) find comfort in knowing that as a nation we are ALL appalled by this, and it will not deter them from returning.

    This is very sad

  33. ROSEAU!
    July 26, 2011

    You had your five minutes of fame,but wait when they will cockay your sorry a******hope your story adds up looser.

  34. prettywoman
    July 26, 2011

    let us pray the people who suffered this crime are doing ok. Sorry to hear such news.
    And to all the folks saying negative things…go f**k yourselves

  35. bellyboy
    July 26, 2011

    Envar,
    are saying that someone just made up this story?
    Have u ever been kidnapped, ask to do something and some one you love is with the kidnapper? Would u put your loved one life at risk? Most likely not, since you would feel responsible in the end. Also in case u haven’t heard most crime victims do not think because they are scared beyond reason.
    Try not to be mean and insensitive.

  36. Harry
    July 26, 2011

    What worries me about your island is that the police have not captured the criminals. There are bad people no matter where you go but to have police that are not doing there duty is very worrisome. I wanted to visit your island in the future but if the police are not investigating serious crimes against people I will have to think twice before coming.

    • ROSEAU!
      July 26, 2011

      TOO bad we will miss you very much. By the way are you at liberty to tell us where you will be traveling from. I suspect you will not but my reason for asking is to determine if your country or Island does not have crime. Man wheel and come again the world is just a touch of a key on a computer,and Dominica is very much part of this World.

      • what
        July 27, 2011

        roseau u are missing the point.its all about people doing their dam jobs and get to the bottom of this (police saying to do your own investigation) ,what the hell is that .

  37. Free
    July 26, 2011

    You are a sad individual. There are really too many ignorant people who do not know how it feels to be attacked and victimized. Who made you an investigative police or a defense lawyer? Who are you to accuse victims of lying? What are the benefits to the victim in making up this story. He is not getting any kind of kickbacks or benefits. We have to use his experience to make our country a safer place to visit. We simply cannot avoid addressing the increase in crime in our country. Even the police PRO mentioned this increase in crime during the Marping evening news.

    By the way, to address your issue, the car was parked out of the viewing range of the camera, at least that is what the NBD representative stated to the victims.

    YOu know what this may not make sense to the ignorant minds so I have to say its best to avoid addressing these ignorant and baseless accusations by you and all other followers.

    Go in peace

  38. Dominican - London
    July 26, 2011

    Dear Envar,
    This one is for you. I need to ascertain something from you as I have read your comments:

    I know we all have our opinions and views, yet we should respect ones’ opionion and views. Did you really sat down and ponder before you wrote what you wrote?

    Honestly, I donot agree with you whatsoever.

  39. Homeboy
    July 26, 2011

    I wish it was your mother or sister they did that to. People like you, i would soak with honey and tie you on a tree with red ants. Your insensitive moron

  40. consequences
    July 26, 2011

    That’s what happens when people are disenfranchised.
    The highest road construction budget yet truckers and public works have no jobs.
    French man puts colas plant where layou youth make their living river tubing.
    Every day million of $ of our mountains shipped out by french men.
    Dominican fishers scared to go out to sea fearing armed violent european/french bandits.

    • Homeboy
      July 26, 2011

      That is your response??? Someone gets terrorized by a bunch if thugs and you talk thus crap!!!! I am not a Laborite but that is your excuse. Get off you all’s asses and become entrepreneurs. Stop always waiting for hand outs from the Govt. DNO recently featured an Eco tourist resort whereby people are beginning to seek out ways to cash in from the new trend of Eco tourism…

      You guys complain when he Haitians grow and sell crops! Yet you won’t partake in agriculture, you want to live above your means and complain. Get real with your “disenfranchised” BS and address the lawlessness at the level it needs to be addressed. Stop blaming the Govt… Like i said, I am not a supporter of theirs but when people like you talk “ish” I am inclined to step in…

  41. Dominican - London
    July 26, 2011

    I am a daughter of the soil who has emigrated. I have many friends who would like to come home as I am always conversing about my beautiful island and all al hat it produces. Has lovely view, waterfalls and most of all the people are very, very friendly.I am really and truly ashamed as to what I have just read in reference to the German Tourist.

    Despicable behaviour like this do you really think that the overseas resident whether tourist or people like myself would want to visit? It is a down right shame, what is happening within our beautiful Island.

    Please stop this type of behaviour and let our economy has some form of growth from the tourist industry as it is too small for that.

    My heart aches for you my European neighbour family and friends. Let us all pray that this person and persons will change their lives and work hard for a living instead of robbing.

    This is definitely not d good sign at all. Remember people are reading this and will be spreading the news like wild fire! Then what will become of us and the economy?

  42. Tourist
    July 26, 2011

    This is very bad news for Calibishie and Dominica as a whole. There is the Government making huge efforts and spending a lot of money to promote the island internationally and some thugs destroy the entire effort in one afternoon. After all bad news travels fast! I love Calibishie and these idiots won’t deter me, but other tourists might think twice now. This area has a huge drug problem and with it comes this kind of crime. The police needs to get though on this issues and the government needs to support this effort with more police officers in the area that are actually prepared to do something about these people. I have noticed during my numerous stays in Calibishie that most police officers know these thugs but are not willing or capable to sort them out.
    Dominica needs to get a handle on this problem. We do not need another ‘Jamaica’ in the region. Get though on these people and get rid of police officers that ‘turn a blind eye’. I am ashamed!!!

  43. Free
    July 26, 2011

    I know both victims and I can confirm that this event did indeed take place. For all the unconvinced DNO followers, the comments are hurtful and infuriating. It is so sad to read some of these comments when I can exactly recall the emotions felt by both victims when they relayed the story to me. It is never wise to accuse victims of crime of conjuring up events, particularly in this case where it is possible to check the salient facts of the story with the Marigot Police Station. The poor guy did state that he is a non-native English speaker. I do believe that the editors at DNO should have done a better job in addressing the grammatical errors and clarifying some of the included statements. For example, at the point in which he mentioned that the police asked them to assist in the investigation, this indeed happened. The police asked the local to contact Lime to assist in getting the “275 number “because he stated that there is too much bureaucracy associated with this enquiry and so if they had any personal friend working with lime then this may actually expedite the request.

    I am not a political person at all but their experience made me reflect and ponder on the governing structures within our society. Since our national focus is tourism, we have to implement improved measures to protect visitors (whether local or foreign). This notion of keeping information away from the public and tourists so as to not frighten individuals is truly ridiculous. The government is placing the entire population as well as the tourism industry in harm’s way. There certainly needs to be increase patrols, warnings, safety and directional signs as well as keeping everyone well-informed. We really have to do more to ensure Dominica is actually a safe haven. The increasing number of crime and poor response of the relevant authorities are certainly worrying.

    I am Dominica! Would you like to be?

  44. lando
    July 26, 2011

    I have to say something.. The comments are crazy in here..

    In New York alone you could die from stray bullets from cops or thugs. Ppl get mugged in the trains and slashed there too.. Europe got loony racist thugs who enjoy kicking ppl ass and mugging them. Dominica has very little crime. It is sad that is happens but there are few bad apples. This does not speak for the whole island. I really wish the victims find please and justice I really do. I don;t blame them for feeling unsafe here but please understand this does not speak for the whole island. Compared to other islands in the Caribbean crime rates are nothing. Other islands they do far worst. I really hope they find these guys and give them life for attempting murder. This is serious.

    • fool
      July 27, 2011

      stupes fool! crime is crime you do not know the psychological damage this can do to someone. the police need to do their dam job! telling the man to investigate themselves, like seriously? what do they get paid for? are we rewarding criminals ion this country?

    • Careful in D/A
      July 28, 2011

      PER CAPITA — the crime rate in Dominica is very high! Consider the population 71,000 or so compared to crimes committed yearly. The truth is startling.

      • lando
        July 28, 2011

        You name has fool in it and you calling me a fool? jackarse!!!! if you read at all i don’t know.. But what you said is the exact same thing i said in the post b4 this.. I was just trying hold the fact that Dominica is not known for crimes like this.. this is rare. But continue being a jack arse.

      • lando
        July 28, 2011

        I respect you statistics. But I have had the chance living in Trinidad, St.Kitts Barbados and St. Lucia and Compared to Dominica in term of crime rates. Dominica small lil theft and so on can’t compare to people getting kidnapped for ransom and still being chopped and fedexed tot heir love ones in st.kits and trinidad. Trinidad ppl get shot and grounded up as pig food just because you laugh. So comparing that to here..No Dominica dont have much of anything. and the fact you saying its going up is because of DNO. B4 DNO all these lil theft and smoking lil weed was going on you just did not know. DNO taking every lil news to break out when they have slow days. This what happened to the German guy is sick. This is not known by us. This is some stupid ignorant lil boys running around acting shattah. They so stupid. Dominica is too small to do shit liek this and get away with it. you are going to get caught one way or another.

  45. lando
    July 26, 2011

    I’m being serious here.. It seems the Dominican police force is a joke. They don’t take fingerprints don’t have a sketch artist? WTF? So many artist in Dominica. Man drawing fig and plantain on tree look so realistic but the Dominican police force can’t hire some of them? you could hire them and pay them when ever you use them think about it as commission’s or a private contractor.

    I’m sorry these individuals had to experience this. I don’t blame them if they don’t feel safe here after this happened and the police brushed it off. People get is together please!!!So much police walking around what they doing so?

  46. Sout Man
    July 25, 2011

    That’s a real shame. How many green trucks do we have in the North of Dominica? Why don’t the cops set up a sting operation on that beach since the thugs seem to be repeating their crime? I feel sorry for the victims of this crime and hope that the perpetrators are caught.

  47. William McLawrence
    July 25, 2011

    The incident as related by the visitor is not an uncommon occurance in the region, and, unfortunately Dominica is not immune to this type of activity. This is rather unfortunate though and very unacceptable, especially in light of the efforts made by both the public and private secotrs to promote Dominica as a desirable alternative to the other Caribbean islands.

    The visitor figures from Germany is only in the hundreds and this is a market with vast potential since Germans are known Ecotoursit/Adventure Tourist enthusiasts. THe attack on one German tourist or on any tourist, whether Domestic, Regional, or, International cannot and should not be tolerated any where in Dominica.

    If visitors do not feet safe and secure in Dominica tey will not recommend the island and refer their friends to consider holidaying in the Nature Island.

    I am dissappointed and hope the damage control will be effective as much as all the efforts made at catching those culprits repsonsible for this malicious act of mischief against the best interest of the State.

  48. Ace
    July 25, 2011

    Ridiculoso!!!!How many green pick up trucks in dominicaand if one of the victims was local and he saw their faces then what else does the police need to investigate.Something is terribly wrong here.Either the story was fabricated to a certain extent or the local victime was involved or we really screwed with our police force.May god help us with these A holes we pay as police officers.No wonder people take the law into their own hands if they themselves have to investigate the crimes perpetrated against them.I must add we have some fine and dedicated police officers on the force but the majority are poorly trained do not care about upholding law and order or too busy trampling the bushes of d/a looking for marijuana plantations which in actuality has nothing to do with the rise in crime in dominica.They the police are quite at home partying with the cocaine druglords like coke is legal in dominica.What are F… up society Dominicans have to live in.No one is to blame but law enforcement from our stool pigeon Police chief down to the illiterate constable

  49. ineedfree
    July 25, 2011

    Moderator;

    where do you see the need for moderation? you have my email address.

  50. uwillc
    July 25, 2011

    They say Dominicas are stupid and when I read these comments I say Dominicans are TEBE!
    These crimes happen in Dca on a regular basis and it should happen to you ridiculous people or your families and then maybe you all will sympathize. You all want to jugde and critique but all I hear is ignorance and BS!
    Tourism and economic growth in your country will always be a fleeting goal, because your country and your nation do not deserve either!!
    shame, shame , shame…

    • DA to D Bone
      July 25, 2011

      I do agree that some of these comments are very stupid and people trying to ridicule the visitor and playing FBI.

      Who feels it, knows it but saying that economic growth is a fleeting goal and that your country does not deserve it is pure Rubbish.
      We need to make an example of these jokers and we need to be united in doing this, so that our children and their children children can enjoy the fruit of our labor.

      It is a shame on our authorities but a bigger shame on you to believe that because of this one incident, My Dominica does not deserve better. You cannot be Dominican.

      • ace
        July 26, 2011

        I am not dominican!
        I sincerely believe that your country will not do well in tourism if crimes against tourists go unnoticed by your officials. Peesonally I would discourage persons from travelling to your country>>>just saying

      • uwillc
        July 26, 2011

        I am not from Dominica.

        I am simply saying that if the officials of your country cannot curb crime against visitors then your tourism industry will not do well.

        It is a bigger crime for polive and govt to turn a blind eye than for me to tell it like it is!!

  51. LL
    July 25, 2011

    I know the local this happened to and who is also my friend. It is very unfortunate that they had to go through this horrible situation. The police needs to step up it’s not sending a good signal at all. There is enough evidence to investigate, and try their best to capture these criminals. Stay strong my friends and I hope that these guys will get caught some way or the other.

  52. Embarrassed
    July 25, 2011

    WOW!A GREAT TOURIST ATTRACTION FOR OUR SLUGGISH ECONOMY.

  53. DONT CUT ME OFF YOU
    July 25, 2011

    AS I WAS SAYING:Dominica is indeed lawless, from top to bottom.The police force is heavily politicized,inept,indiscretionate,incompetent,lazy,full of square pegs in wrong holes,you name it..They only seem to be responsible for trying to prevent the opposition and law abiding citizens to exercise their rights and nothing else
    I must say that i sympathize with the victim,and hope that he sees the attack on his life as an isolated incident.

  54. Sam
    July 25, 2011

    This is your old friend “SamBoy”-an old worrier friend of yours. This is personal now that dem crack-heads mess with your daughter. Man, when you ready let me know and I will came down Da with 2 “White Tourist” friends of mine that served with me on my last 2 tours in Afghanistan. Tell you, tell Desmond to come down and then give me a call and we will go out there for a week and eradicate all dem blocks and so call crack-head “bad men”! If the police don’t want to do it we can do it on our own.

    I still trigger hungry and if I could do it in Afghanistan I can clean up dem blocks in DA. Nobody have to be afraid to venture out in their own island. I am sure if they mess with me (a Dominican)and my 2 “white Tourist” that will be the last people they will be messing with.

    SamBoy

    • FIRE
      July 25, 2011

      Sam, I have not served in Afghanistan, but I know the local victim personally, and we have a few good men in our locals that are equipped just as or better than these inept police officers.

      I too am ready to clean up the blocks together with these native soldiers. Lets show these joker officers how it is done…….I have full Military training in explosives and IEDs. We rock a few of their homes, shake up this damn country and get all crabs running out……….no prisoners please. North East, we coming. Bad man a Bad Man.

  55. July 25, 2011

    DNO I think it would be important for you to edit those comments before publication and eliminate the one’s with such appalling spelling and grammar. There is absolutely no reason why an individual who wants to read what is going should have to endure such torture in the process. Reading some of those comments is like a sword puncturing your heart. I will be more than happy to start a free english class online if you would provide a forum for me. Thanks

    • July 25, 2011

      I am so angry I even mess up on my english. Pardon me.

      • Dee
        July 26, 2011

        thats why we shouldnt judge others.

  56. SPY
    July 25, 2011

    MR BEHANZIN WAS TRYING HIS BEST WITH THE PEOPLE IN THE NORTH, BUT THE GOVT DIDNT FIND HIS WORK WORTHWHILE. SO NOW LET THE INCOMPETENT POLICE DO IT.
    CRIME IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THESE AREAS DUE TO DRUGS AND OTHER INFLUENCES, THE POLICE IS NOT EQUIPTED TO DEAL WITH THESE CRIMES,NOT EVEN THE FACE THEY CARED ABOUT?

  57. ROSEAU!
    July 25, 2011

    WE will get them soon!

  58. hmm
    July 25, 2011

    so when i marry a foreigner so all you Dominicans going to treat him…

  59. ROSEAU!
    July 25, 2011

    AH! all emotions aside, I keep warning our people and Law enforcement officers that we are geting like some of the biger countries up North that is we have become a nation of reactionary and the writing is already on the wall the fact remains lets be clear about it crimes happens all over But! in Dominica`s case crimes like the one we are reading about will definitely deralled the very industries our so called jokers always come on the media and blow hot air about and afterwards they sit and listen to themselves. What a joke” Imagine this crime has so many MO” modus aparandi,a blind man could gather likely clues so much for those details. My question is when are our banks are going to errect cameras at all theie A.T.M?{2} when are we going to to have a data base of all persons deported from other countries and circulate them to all the out stations?{3}I am not saying that the crime was committed by Deportees for the sake of some bird brains who might misunderstand my reasoning.Lets move on. {4} As indicated by the crime victims when are we going to stop the bandAide approach to crime fighting and be serious in our effort in fighting crime for real?{5}Imagine see how long the alleged crime went on and the terror that was pepertrated towards the victims. {6} From the account given one can deduce that those cowards are not even smart criminals for the use of their cell phones in the vicinity of the crimes should be trace all the way to the orgin of the crime by any means necessary” I could go on and on, but at the same time I am fuming and sweating at such sad News cause in my Days on the police force we would stop at nothing untill the cowards yes Cowards thats what they are’ Surfice it to say I am confident that our Law men will cautch those Cowards cause some body will talk.But our law men and women should not let the trail die and the likely evidence left behind be ignored. My hope is we put a team of our most seasoned investigators to work that case and cases of like nature. No offence to our young and dedicated officers you all should learn and learn fast cause what i suspect with some of our young Detectives they look good and dres well but they are not “finishers”in the presentation of their case files. I have to stop cause my intent is not to discuss matters of security or expose our manner of operating as Law officers,but i am boiling on the inside and trying my best not to rush to any conclusions at this early stage. I hope D.N.O find my post fit to be posted. In conclusion i am forced to invoke one of my former collegue name with held. Crime fighting and crime Detection and fartigue goes hand in hand” OH! how i miss those good old days. But i have faith in our guys. Go get those Cwards and whenever they are caught plaster their faces all over the media. I am waiting with baited breath. We must eradicate those rooten eggs from our society. Thank You! D. N.O.I have no time to read therefore correct all mistakes.

    • ENGLAND
      July 25, 2011

      Roseau Cork street man! I can feel your emotions and know how you used to operate during your days in the force. they do not come like you again. But I am 10000% in agreement with your views for you been there and done that. Forget about mistakes with your post we understand how much passion coming from you at ths Cowaddly act. Your heart is in the right place. Keep on keeping on. And take care.

  60. ineedfree
    July 25, 2011

    Beloved

    how sad that the world is taking such a turn.
    Once this starts to happen in Dominica, it means that Norway was not too far away; two very peaceful nations..

    Christ said that The Almighty is a spirit.

    For those who cant take the teachings of Christ, it seems that the evil eye is roaming in the hearts of mankind…black, white, yellow, brown etc.

    Question: do we care enough to make a difference?
    ..where do we start?

    is there enough wisdom for the sisterhood and brotherhood of man in solving problems around the tables instead of the battle fields?

    We will always think of sad stories like our innocent visitors who pay for the offensive ones;We apologise for such a violation of your innocence.

    We must not forget Eric Shilling, Eddie Martin… who were destroyed in the carnival fire by their own people;
    young men who have lost their way and will never be a role models for their sons…
    including the reckless politicians, public servants and those who are and will be in prison-quilty or innocent.

    I am thinking of Mr. Emmanuel and his wife- two prominent senior citizens who were targeted for murder by fire; they might be wondering how their every night and dawn will be.

    do we care? Oh Almighty spirit of Love, have mercy on us.

    Thank you

  61. Wenner
    July 25, 2011

    The Governor of Vermount travelled to Dominica (Calibishie to be exact) and said it was the safest place he has been in the Western Hemisphere.

    But we need to do better. The Police has to station officers in high risk area…Tou Cari to Portsmouth, Coccont Bech, Mero, Layo River, Soufriere/Scott Head, Trafalgar, Laudat, Carib Reserve, Emerald Pool, and other areas.

    Hence, the government should provide these resources and needs to act fast.

    One accident can derail all the gains we have made thus far and everyone has to be on deck.

  62. DominicaFirst
    July 25, 2011

    Even the Police tired of the crime in D/ca. They work hard to investigate, and make an arrest, take them to court to find out those same convicts are free in a few weeks, and having resentment towards the cop. What’s the point?
    But maybe Dominica will turn like St croix where the tourist ships don’t go. 10 ships in STT, NON in st croix.
    You don’t bite the hands that feed you jackass!

    • Homeboy
      July 26, 2011

      Well maybe we should take the approach of double tapping them. Forget the court.. Send a strong message….

  63. Muslim_Always
    July 25, 2011

    This is totally unacceptable behavior from criminals to any human being whether he is local or not!

    Secondly, all this apologies and “sorry” is nothing but lip service. Nothing you say will allow these people to return to Dominica again. We need TO DO SOMETHING! Dominicans love to sit on their A**** talk for the entire day, mind people’s business as if they have nothing to do and envy others who are trying to improve their lives.

    The citizens of this country must demand the government to upgrade and restructure the police force. They need to install patrol units especially in areas vulnerable to these crimes. We must do something proactive to protect other tourists coming here. This country is too small for this nonsense to occur.

    In Islamic law this is called highway banditry and terrorism. An individual who is found guilty of that magnitude of crime is crucified. Uncivilized western nations in the world call this barbaric but in Islam we see this as justice as we have a zero tolerance for these behaviors.

    • Truth,Love,Peace
      July 28, 2011

      @ Muslim

      The tourists deserve an apology and from the government of all.
      You speak of Islamic Law. I do wish that all Islams adhered to living in peace and harmony with others, allowing them, including their wives, due rights and dignity.
      Terrorism in the world originated from those who practice Islam, the likes of which did not exist previously in our progressive world. Much more could be stated about that.
      I pray that God will eradicate them in time from the face of the earth. Pray too that this occurs.

  64. Dom
    July 25, 2011

    Dominica is a lawless coutry, my last visit to Dominica I felt the same way. My wife isn’t Dominican like myself so that made it worst. We took off our wedding bands, chains and left them in our hotel safe. Never walked with more than 100EC and avoided empty beaches.

    Thats what happens when leaders don’t set an example. The place gone loco! I am not visiting Dominica anytime soon at least not for another 10yrs.

    • Wenner
      July 25, 2011

      Hear this man, hear this man..hear Dumb talking.

    • Jef
      July 25, 2011

      SEE WHAT YOU NAME YOURSELF!!!!!! DOM!!!! SO I WILL ACCEPT THAT COMMENT FROM YOU.

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2011

      where the ass leaders coming in, in that? and we dont need you to visit our ******* country

    • lando
      July 26, 2011

      Please stay far away form your place of Birth. I have never been mugged and frankly I sleep with windows and doors unlocked. Things like this happen and it is sad. But for you to come in here and spew such Bull Crap it ticks me off. Stay far away please!!. You have a better chance of getting strucked by a stray bullet in the US and Europe where crime is much more adequate than Dominica.

      • Truth,Love,Peace
        July 28, 2011

        @ lando

        You are fortunate that you sleep with your windows and doors unlocked. Are you aware that anything can happen anytime and when you least expect it? It takes only once for this to happen and then you will regret. Therefore, do not brag.
        Some people have been mugged in Dominica and this did not happen to them in the US, Canada or Europe.
        You are the one who is talking Bull Crap and are narrow minded.
        Furthermore, anything can happen to anyone in any country as Dominica. Bad luck is everywhere.

    • Careful in D/A
      July 28, 2011

      I do agree that Dominica is a lawless country. I am an American who visits frequently. I feel that Dominica is without police protection and that anyone who seriously wanted to commit a crime, large or small, could do so and get away with it — including murder. Because Dominica lacks expertise in modern forensics, or is very limited, it leaves the country vulnerable to any potential perpitrator. Left fingerprints? No problem, it makes no difference. Even leave dna, who cares?

      • lando
        July 28, 2011

        Hey. You are free to go to the other islands you know. I am not knocking down what you are saying but wow. So much things happen in America and the police stations are on the same exact block a few doors down to murders and other speechless crimes. Trinidad and Stlucia got fringe and forensic dna departments and they still got rampant murders. at least 5 murders a day. Everyday. How many murders a day in Dominica? My in laws are mixed racial they look foreign and they walk the streets in the village with no feeling like they gonna get mugged. I really hope you people perception changes and that the police force is taking notes to improve on some things..

      • Truth,Love,Peace
        July 28, 2011

        @ Careful in D/A

        What stupidity are you talking about? How many murderers, other criminals, child abductors, rapists are running lose in the U.S.? These attack over and over again and are not yet caught. Are you not aware of the cold cases?
        For the size of Dominica I would think that it has ample Police men/women. They just need to be properly trained and to take their position seriously.
        Were it not for U.S. citizens and others in their respective countries, the Police would be worst. Yet, there are some wicked policemen in those countries. Do you not read the news and listen to TV?

    • Truth,Love,Peace
      July 28, 2011

      @ Dom

      I am not a negative person. I love Dominica. In ten year’s time if the world continues who knows what it will be like and if it will get worst.
      Dominica was never what it is to day with all those criminals and murderers. They have got aggressive, bold, daring, desperate and vicious.
      They are obviously children of Christian parents.
      I am wondering what went wrong with them and caused them to live such an ungodly, unloving and wicked lifestyle?
      Let us pray for our country that God will put a hand and eliminate such criminal activities.

  65. for sure
    July 25, 2011

    for all the persons who are saying this is a make up, if they made a report the police and advise and give and update. cant they?

  66. shy
    July 25, 2011

    Anytime you have a country with slack laws when comes to criminals, that’s what’s going to happen.In dominica, as long as you have money, you can do what you want.They call your case ,charge you a little money and out you go .

  67. -Rebel With A Cause-
    July 25, 2011

    Regardless of the inconsistencies in the story as some contributors have claimed and pointed out, if this story is true and this sort of incidents occur at some of our tourist hot-spots then they must be condemned. Our tourism industry is indeed a fragile one but it remains of great value to our growth and development as an economically independent nation. We still pride ourselves on being a peaceful nation and this is without doubt one of the charms which lure foreigners to our shores. We cannot allow our image to be tarnished by violent and ignorant behavior. Law enforcement must spare no expense in bringing these criminals to justice and since the perpetrators of crime are very well known locally, community participation must be promoted in the fight against the elements.

    Our fight against criminals and crime must be everybody’s business since tourism and it’s economic gains is to the benefit of the entire nation and making Dominica safe for tourists also translates to a safer dominica for nationals.

    I do hope that we have not lost other German tourists as a result of this unfortunate situation.

    • uwillc
      July 25, 2011

      I hope you lost your geramn tourist, if the Domican tourist cannot and does not want to protect then these tourist safer elsewhere

  68. qstorm78
    July 25, 2011

    As a Dominican i’m ashamed of the individuals who did this. This is a crime against the lively hood of the state/country. There should be laws against anyone who attacks tourist.
    Now i’m worried about bringing my family to Dominica.

    To the people who did this to these two individuals, you’ll should be ashamed. To be in this day and age and you still seat there and think you need to avenge slavery and believe every “white boy” is responsible for what happened hundreds of years ago is just stupid. Your thought process will get you nowhere. Things like these will only leave you in the same sh*t you’re living in. Its not gonna make your situation any better.

    You’ll are disgusting..

    • janie
      July 25, 2011

      there are enough laws in place i suppose. It is the law enforcement that sucks. The best law wont make a change if it is not enforced properly.

      Put these fellas behind bars or in a cage and show them to everyone so that I can throw some things at them.

    • ENGLAND
      July 25, 2011

      They when caught should be s********on site.

    • smiles
      July 25, 2011

      and I am not traveling to your country and making your life better either, and for what reason to get mugged!

  69. The truth
    July 25, 2011

    so you mean to tell me, dominica has no money coming in, and the few people who bring it, rather than treat them good so they return, they rob and beat them up? this is really sad stuff. and i am sorry to hear that someone had to go through that in dominica. then we complain that we have no stay over tourists. let me bring my friends home and this happen. see if its not me who end up in prison. these boys are lazy and do not want to work. fast money and rich fast schemes, thats all they want to get into

    • Humanist
      July 25, 2011

      Good point. Add to that the situation with the cruise ships not coming in like they used to, and we really have no excuse for treating tourists like they don’t matter.

  70. janie
    July 25, 2011

    It’s a shame that some people still argue this is all made up. That is exactly what the police seems to be doing. That attitude is the reason why these things happen. You guys are guilty, too!!

  71. Dee
    July 25, 2011

    im not saying the man deserved to be treated in this way but something seems a little funny about this story.Understand that white people frequently get involved in illegal activity then when something goes wrong they act innocent and attempt to label local as hating whites. Also, I travel to DA solo all the time as a tourist and I have never felt more safe. The DA people are very hospitable and treat tourist with nothing but respect. In fact it seems as if they hold white tourist in higher regard than locals. Which is just crazy to me as a black american tourist. Just read some of the post here. I cant believe they would attack a tourist as if it would be ok if it were a local. If this incident really occurred and was really unprovoked its unfortunate but the country as a whole should not be seen in a negative light. I <3 DA

    • Humanist
      July 25, 2011

      “Understand that white people frequently get involved in illegal activity then when something goes wrong they act innocent and attempt to label local as hating whites.” – Any more racist generalizations for us?

      • smiles
        July 25, 2011

        you are silly, black people get invloved in lots of illegal stuff too! YOU are part of the crime too, you ass!

      • Truth,Love,Peace
        July 28, 2011

        @ Humanist

        This is not the issue and does not make sense of what occurred to the German people.
        Having read your previous comments in another article, I have concluded that you are racist yourself.
        The German people reported what occurred to them. Stick to the issue.

    • qstorm78
      July 25, 2011

      You’re a damn fool!

    • Lavie Dominique
      July 25, 2011

      Denial! Denial! Denial!

  72. anonymos
    July 25, 2011

    Tiyani is the hanger for their jacket they should consider bringing him back

  73. Humanist
    July 25, 2011

    This is sad to hear. As some commenters below said, this type of thing, unfortunately, has occurred and likely will continue to occur in a number of other islands. But Dominica tends to have far fewer crimes than many of the other islands, and this makes an incident like this stand out even more than if it had occurred, say, in Jamaica or Trinidad.

    But the crime rate does not make each crime mean more or less; injustice is injustice.

    The root of this particular injustice appears to be xenophobia. More specifically, it is hatred of that abstract thing, “the white man.” While Europeans and later Americans with Caucasian skin committed unbelievable crimes against humanity with the transatlantic slave trade and slavery, it is not fair to treat people of European or American descent like slave-traders or slave-owners today. They cannot be responsible for what their ancestors may have done. This is not revenge; this is racism and savagery. If we are to believe the German’s account, it is also unprovoked, which makes it even worse.

    We will never progress until we put the ghost of our sad past of slavery to rest–not forgetting it, of course, but letting go of our anger unless our anger is justified. We must learn to coexist. Many of us do in Dominica. And yet you have people like this. This must start in school and it must not end there; we cannot allow racism and race crims to exist. We have come too far, built too much to let our progress rust away.

    • Truth,Love,Peace
      July 28, 2011

      @ Humanist

      Jamaica and Trinidad’s population is far greater than Dominica which is why crimes are not as many in Dominica.
      May God assist Dominica that crimes do not increase in Dominica.
      Get lost with your slavery words. Who is commenting about that? Many of us have no wish to bring that up and would rather let it lie. Furthermore it has no bearing on this article as occurred. Some of you are always bringing up what has no bearing on the article. How can your comments be ever utilized for the good of Dominica and this situation such as the decrease and/or eradication of criminals?

  74. observant
    July 25, 2011

    Anyone with common sense can see the inconsistencies in this story. The language too. This does not ring true to at all. That story is for the way below average person to believe.

    • janie
      July 25, 2011

      i’d like to see how you tell such a story in German… your usw of language would be way better of course

    • important
      July 25, 2011

      a-hole, who feels it knows it!

    • BRAIN DAMAGE
      July 26, 2011

      Obsever, if the incident was written in German you would have comprender!

      • Truth,Love,Peace
        July 28, 2011

        @ Brain Damage

        You must be brain damaged all right. Did you mean “comprehended?”

  75. kb lyric
    July 25, 2011

    who wrote this? …poor,poor,poor write I should sue the department of education and DNO for this poor excuse of English…lol smh

    • creative
      July 25, 2011

      Maybe we need to pay attention to the fact that the victim was a German man, so his English and writing skills may not be as good as yours and mine, whose first language is English. I cannot believe that we are so gullible and insensitive.

      • Humanist
        July 25, 2011

        And the German’s English, if the letter is indeed by him, is better than that of a good number of Dominicans….

    • author
      July 25, 2011

      I wrote it. And i am sorry for not being a native english speaker. So please forgive the shortcomings of my language skills.

      • Homeboy
        July 25, 2011

        Author don’t worry with their naive comments. Your command of the English Language is ten times better than theirs.

    • DPM
      July 25, 2011

      If you want to see “poor excuse of English” just read your comment again kb lyric. Make sure you place your commas in their correct places next time.

  76. Anonymous
    July 25, 2011

    i am not sure what to believe …. this seems like some kind of story to me ….. how come the car had no gas … they let them go in marigot … and then the drove for miles ….

    and how come something like that was never reported?

    • Save Dominica
      July 25, 2011

      I suppose the tourist lady and her son who got robbed at Emerald pool by a man with a cutlass is also made up? I wish it was, but I did infact arrive there in time to see the site attendants bandaging up her bruises…..Do not try to sweep these incidents under the rug, this won’t help to solve the problem, we need to DEAL WITH THEM. THEY SIMPLY WON’T GO AWAY IF WE PRETEND THEY NEVER HAPPENED.

      • Truth,Love,Peace
        July 28, 2011

        @ Save Dominica

        The government will have to employ security people at those places where tourists and other Dominicans visit. The time has come to do so. Are they not being charged to visit and bathe in such areas?

    • creative
      July 25, 2011

      What do u mean it was never reported. Did you not read the full report, and did you not see that they called the police once they were free, and police took their report one or two days later, that the police told them that there were 5 similar incidents in the past 3 weeks, and that they, the victims, should try to investigate themselves.
      Did you not see that they called the ministry and met with Alvin Bernard, a minister of government.
      They said the car did not have enough gas to take them to where they lived, so they stopped at a bar and called police, so it was reported. Why are we tearing apart this report by a victim, do you think they made this up. Well if you want further info on the reports call the police or Mr. Alvin Bernard and you can do your own investigation, maybe you can catch the people who committed this horrifying crime.

    • Homeboy
      July 25, 2011

      Jack ass they reported it to the police! Read, comprehend, then speak..sacre sot

      • Homeboy
        July 25, 2011

        This is for anonymous!

  77. Anonymous
    July 25, 2011

    the only quick response we get from the police in dominica are to drugs…shame..shame..shame..and we want to promote tourism..where we going with it?????

  78. July 25, 2011

    I am reading this and I like wondering is this Dominica or did they have their destination mixed up. People let’s pray for our country.

    • ?
      July 25, 2011

      Unless if there is a Batibou Beach in Hampstead in some other country! stupes

    • for real
      July 25, 2011

      believe me it is Dominica. I am a caucasian american who had a friend travel to your country 2 years ago and she was raped at a beach, and she had 7 yr old daughter with her at the time. They left he country immediately and did not even report it! All the victims remain traumatized but fortunately are in counselling.

      • Truth,Love,Peace
        July 28, 2011

        @ for real

        How sad! What an experience! They should have immediately reported prior to leaving the country. The rapist could have been caught.

  79. Law and order
    July 25, 2011

    Well i dont even know why dominica is paying a police force for. Because the motto of the police is if u see a crime walk in the opposite direction. Any way whrought to dominica and it is these same people in Power today , so they can never address crime in Dominica. sorry for the tourist and his friend, sorry for the young people, basically sorry for the sad stae of dominica.

    ominicans decided to throw stones the quol wosh brgade in 1979, that is what they brought on dominica a break down of law and order.

  80. Wait A Minute!
    July 25, 2011

    Why do some of you sick people come on this site to make politically-motivated comments on everything, instead of condeming those bandits who commit these atrocious acts? Some of these idiotic comments I must say doesn’t help anything, but rather just gives further encouragement to these misfits.

  81. claudius anthony
    July 25, 2011

    There are too many inconsistencies in that report,if one reads through the lines it is difficult to determine who is retelling the story is it the GERMAN tourist or the local with a very Dominican accent.The writer also states that they were surprised to note that they had attacked a local.Too many inconsistencies.Try another tactic

    • laparol
      July 25, 2011

      are u serious..? ignorance is bliss.. its actually a true story…instead of looking at the writers english.. why dont u contact the police to see if its true.. it is..

    • janie
      July 25, 2011

      i do not see any inconsistency… the had attacked a local so why should they not be surprised? Besides, the story might have been edited by DNO – the tourist might be not a writer or journalist.

    • creative
      July 25, 2011

      I don’t understand why you cannot see it is the German tourist recounting this awful experience. What is wrong with the statement”they were surprised that they had attacked a local.” The local could very well be mistaken for a visitor, as many locals are, speaking from personal experience. For someone who was so traumatized, this visitor has given a detailed account of what they went through and I bet reliving it as he writes is not easy.
      The other tactic we have to try is to protect the natural resources of Dominica, and that definitely includes the people, visitors as well as locals.
      Your comment makes me wonder if you even care about what happened to these people.

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2011

      I agree with you fully. Another inconsistency is the part that says “They even asked us to investigate ourselves for that is normally the most successful thing”. I mean come on! even though our policemen get a lot of flack for the manner in which the conduct an interview/perform their duties, I dont believe for one minute that an investigating office would tell a victim (s) of a crime to investigate themselves. Something is not right here.

      • for real
        July 25, 2011

        well you are shallow fellow

      • Gia
        July 27, 2011

        You call that an inconsistency? Disbelief and Inconsistency aren’t the same.

      • teacher
        August 1, 2011

        That is not as impossible as you think Anonymous. I had the experience of going to the police with a possible location of parro/burglars who had broke into my house and the officer advised me to go and check it out and come back to him if I found anything. I am a young woman…and the officer of the law who carries a licensed firearm and trained to deal with criminals suggested that I go and look for my things. I like saying his name, but I know better. They will all get their just reward.

    • FIRE
      July 25, 2011

      FOOL……….If it was your daughter, would you say the same?

      You people really believe that a known criminal in that area, whom said that he has given up the life of crime, was not involved?

      Ok, The authorities want us to do it ourselves, NO PROBLEM.

      In 30 days, if arrests are not made, you will see some action in that area. Bombs away.

      • Homeboy
        July 25, 2011

        While I agree with u.. Y not tell the authorities first.. Then act!

    • Save Dominica
      July 25, 2011

      Claudius Anthony, I know the people this happened to, you are quite an insentive a** to suggest the story is contrived, wake up and smell the coffee, Dominica is not the peaceful gem that we portray it to be anymore and we only have our poor governance and inept police force to blame. I witnessed the aftermath of a robbery at emerald pool. A visitor and her son were attacked and the woman was left injured and traumatized. Sit down and pretend this isn’t happening in Dominica, sakway SOT.

  82. Evolved
    July 25, 2011

    Thank God the visitors were not hurt – but how sad that they had to experience this on vacation. Crime against tourists is rampant through the Caribbean. Not only in Dominica however given our low arrival numbers it is very scary that these things happen.

    The government and police force need to WAKE UP and start putting systems in place to protect locals and visitors alike. many of the sites are isolated. Surveillance cameras might be a good option

  83. jus kool
    July 25, 2011

    How sad, how sad.Tourism is a very fragile industry and horrific crimes like this happens gives the sector bad spolight.WHAT ABOUT THE POLICE TASK FORCE they have now????? Aint want to criticize the police force but in there needs cleaning up and some news ones very immature,but then again when they join they feel invincible, showing off guns in public, troubling young girls, carry on smartly.DOMINICA IS OURS LETS PLAY OUR ROLES TO DEVELOP COUNTRY

  84. Author
    July 25, 2011

    Hi Dominicans,

    this is the German tourist. I am happy that my experience was published so fast. And I have to add two things:

    1st as a response to one of the above comments: We were not out of gas but very low. That is why they left the car. We had ourselves picked up at the police station then.

    2nd: I do not blame Dominica or all Dominicans. Your apologies are kind but really unneccessary. I still love your country. I must say, though, that most of my friends and relatives here whom I tell the story have sworn not to come to Dominica. They rather go to a country where authorities protect them and tell them about known dangers.

    • Author
      July 25, 2011

      one more thing: If anyone of you, maybe living in the northeast, thinks to recognize the fellas, their green pickup or something about the story (people talk, the guys might have boasted that they took another white boy, …)

      PLEASE TELL THE POLICE!!! Help us, stand together, protect the beauty of the island that also and especially lies in the warmth and friendliness of its people.

      (for more information about the whole thing send me an email, i will not let loose so fast)

      • ROSEAU!
        July 25, 2011

        I hope you return when they are caught to assist with your evidence before our courts to help put those bastards away for a very long time. Again we are sorry about what happened to you and you friend. But remember thou sad but it does not speak to what our lovely and friendly country is about and i hope as time heals all wounds you will find it in your heart to visit our lovely country again. Feel free to contact me during your next visit i will be more than willing as a former Police officer to acompany you. We are soory please pay us a visit again.

    • Wait A Minute!
      July 25, 2011

      I really sympathize with you Sir for your horrific experience, BUT I must advise you to educate your family members that they shouldn’t be naive, since the crime situation in the majority of other Caribbean countries (and many others in the world) is FAR WORST than here. So wherever you go, one needs to be careful as to where he goes and try to avoid very secluded areas as much as possible if you are not in a group.

      That having been said, the police really needs to step up their activities in that area, since it is a known drugs and crime infested part of the country.

    • qstorm78
      July 25, 2011

      The low-lives who did this to you don’t represent what our country is all about. I understand your sentiments about not returning as well and your disappointment in the police response. Their lack of training and resources should not be an excuse not to properly investigate such a horrific crime.

      The country depends largely on tourism and anyone who threatens this should be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. This is not only a crime against an individual but a crime against the state.

      Just my 2 cents.

  85. REDZ
    July 25, 2011

    That’s what happens when politics and the courts are combined. No serious Magistrate in the North so the criminals are back doing their criminal activities.

    • Lougaoo Mem
      July 25, 2011

      Well said Redz. Who feels it, knows it. Politics and Police is a very bad mix.

  86. Free Thinker
    July 25, 2011

    TWO WORDS: UTTERLY SHAMEFUL!! I am very ashamed about this incident. I am a resident of this blessed land and I encourage my friends and family to visit and enjoy Nature, but this incident really has me thinking.

    When the former magistrate spoke about the increase in crime in the Northern part of the country the Police seemed to have made light of it and now it is in our face.

    This incident along with the others are the hallmark of a decadent society. I wonder what the Minister of Tourism and Discover Dominica are saying and more importantly,what are they doing about this increase in crime in the the northern region?

    I patiently wait.

    • creative
      July 25, 2011

      This is a very serious crime, involving robbery, kidnapping, terrorism(these people were held for hours, taken to ATM, driven here, driven there). The police have enough evidence to investigate and make arrests. Where are those dogs in the police force, are they only trained to sniff drugs. What is Comissioner Carette saying about this. What about the government? Are they satisfied about how this is being handled? This is A VERY BAD REFLECTION ON OUR COUNTRY!!! We need to wake up and do whatever we alll have to do to STOP these crimes.
      This could happen to anyone, you or me, government minister, police, anyone. These thugs come prepared to harass and victimize whoever the victim is. How can we say WE ARE DOMINICA, and we tolerate this happening. TOURISM IS EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS. I am watching to see the response of the Police and the government and Discover Dominica in all this.
      Those toy cops would know how to go after someone with a marijuana cigarette or a plantation, but they cannot investigate a horrifying crime like this. Again, I am appalled at this and I cannot believe that this man left Dominica so long ago, and he has no information as to what happened to him and his friend.

  87. justice
    July 25, 2011

    Whoever did this should be ashamed of themselves. And shame on the police too. Nothing never seems to be solved in dominica. Our system is to laid back. These criminals are getting more advanced yet still our system fail to upgrade…they choose to stay behind. I

  88. Clueless
    July 25, 2011

    This sickens me, I cannot believe that these things going on and no such reports are published publicly. Sorry that that some tourist have to endure such. Shame to the Police force for not doing enough. These guys getting paid but lazy like hell. Being paid for doing very little.

    • ROSEAU!
      July 25, 2011

      Your name says it all.CLUELESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

  89. Burn Them
    July 25, 2011

    I know the Dominica friend. What the Tourist is saying is true…the event did happen. Both the police and government officials are stepping back and don’t want to get involve. Apparently, nobody wants to address the lawlessness of that part of Dominica. Now, being a bad man is not something that only one set of people can be. If the girl’s father and family take the law in their own hands and go and “fire-up” the block in that area “taking care” of all and sundries there…the public will give them wrong! But, I will tell you this, if it was my daughter and one of them man from the area touch her like that…it would be WAR because as I said, badness is their for all to be!!!

    • Good
      July 25, 2011

      I agree! Funny though they don’t only do it to whites. I know a few ppl who come bck to visit right from the Caribbean countries and the so called bad men try and pull their stunts. Me, I don’t care how long I am living out of Dominica. Anybody try that crap on me better pray cus it will be no mercy. Badness out of style, but is not for one set alone! And it have badder bad man than bad man!

  90. TrueWord
    July 25, 2011

    You know what’s even more disturbing about this situation? The police officers told the tourist that he should look into investigating this on his own as it works better that way most of the time… MY LORD!!

    I’m telling you, this horrible incident that happen to this tourist and his friend is inhuman and even worst , the police refuse to catch this persons that did this and prosecute them after in-numerous evidence was presented to them. That I would say is way too much evidence and it would take a fool not to easily find out who did this in such a tiny island like Dominica… MY GOD MY GOD….

    I plead earnestly that their be serious changes in the police force towards crime… this is too much on our little island Dominica… WITHOUT TOURISM WHERE WILL WE BE??? wake up please government officials… wake up Police Force officials in charge and stop this nonsense… I AM DOMINICA… ARE YOU

    • qstorm78
      July 25, 2011

      Could not agree more. Its shameful indeed. Makes me wonder what do the police get paid to do.

  91. COCOSEC
    July 25, 2011

    I can sympathise with this individual because I know what it is to be the victim of a crime and the police do nothing. My family and I went to the Layou river for a bath. We left the car and walked down to the river. When we got there, the water was very cold and there were people in the hot spring so we decided to leave. In that little space of time, someone had broken the front passanger glass and rummaged through the vehicle. They were obviously looking for cash (and there was none) because they did not even take the camera. They took nothing that we could think. There were finger prints and hand prints like crazy. All over the windshield and the other glass where they tried to break in. We immediately went to the St. Joseph police station. They informed us that we will have to go to Police Headquarters in Roseau as they are unable to take prints at this station. We left for Roseau only to be told that they were out of material to take the prints. Go figure!! I don’t have to tell how this one ended. Obviously nothing was done.

    It is also appalling when these crimes are perpetrated against visitors which can affect our tourism industry negatively If at least a fingerprint is taken, then one day the perptrators can be apprehended but if nothing is done, then they live to rob another day.

  92. Donald Tusk
    July 25, 2011

    Bring back Tiyani, Bring back Tiyani, bring back Tiyani

  93. Chavez Jr.
    July 25, 2011

    I’ve always reiterated that the beaches in the north east of the island needs to b up graded.We speak of eco tourism all the time. Most of the beautiful beaches are hidden, in other words they are not readily accessible. One wouldnt even know that there are beaches if some one dont tell them, cause the areas are so bushy.
    My layman recomendations are:

    1. Construct proper roads to these beaches.
    2. Erect sign boards at every entry (name of beach, warnings of any danger and what to expect).
    3. Clear up under brushes to make area visible from a distance.
    4. Advise visitors of necesary precautions to b taken (call police as soon as possible on sighting of suspicious movements).
    Any more suggestions?

    • creative
      July 25, 2011

      Police presence at certain tourist sites, and swift police response if someone does get in trouble and calls for help.We want to promote tourism and eco-tourism, but where is the security, the assurance that people coming to enjoy Dominica will be safe, even us the local people.

  94. I know eh!
    July 25, 2011

    I feel so ashamed right now, I pray that you recover fully from this experience and you do not let it tarnish your image of Dominica on a whole. For the individuals who go about committing these crimes, PLEASE STOP! and for the investigators please make the effort. This report placed the entire Dominican police force to shame.

  95. July 25, 2011

    this is the offshot of an increasingly decadent society

    • Wait A Minute!
      July 25, 2011

      Why do you have to pollute DNO with the same politically-motivated rhetoric under different names?

  96. dhestini
    July 25, 2011

    ok. thats sad when i hear stories like that about my country. although one thing confused me. they said they were driving to their apartment to grab their belongings but they ran out of gas, and the robbers left and yet they continued driving couple more miles to call the police. wihtout gas? hmmmm.

    all in all, with all the evidence they retained – bagpack with their clothes, view of their face, fingerprints. its just sad that we dont have have the resources here to catch these people. thats like evidence for dummies. so easy. and yet these people still get away. its like we only have investigative officers in name only. all the evidence staring them in the face, and no results. thats just sad

  97. Amber
    July 25, 2011

    I don’t even know what to think i am so shocked beyound beleif. This is not my SWEET DOMINICA NO! things like that happen only on tv not the Nature Isle of the World!i just want to apologized on their behalf cuz they know not what they do!

  98. DPM
    July 25, 2011

    Does the police department even have a database where the fingerprints of criminals are kept so that prints lifted from a crime scene can be compared to those already on file? With all that evidence left behind in this case you mean there’s nothing the police can do to find these culprits? Ebeh nou fini bat.

  99. Homeboy
    July 25, 2011

    This is downright shameful. The tourist has it right when he said that this is a small area and someone has to have knowledge of these crimes.
    With all that evidence there is nothing the police department can do? I have in the past supported the CDPF but you guys are lousy investigators!

    The Ministry of Tourism needs to educate those in the community where tourists spend their money that crime against anyone, let alone tourists, shall and will not be tolerated. Say something to the authorities. Because guess what, we need the tourists more than they need us. Word of mouth is the fastest way to spread news about the inhospitable island of Dominica.

    TOURISM IS EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS. Let us bring those responsible to justice. Throw them in the boiling lake with hands bound!

    • creative
      July 25, 2011

      I am sorry that you all had this experience, and I want to let you know that what happened to you was caused by a minority in the population. Dominicans are a friendly and helpful people, and we want you to come and enjoy our Nature Island.
      Please accept this apology and I will pray that you can get over this very bad experience, hard as it is. No one should have to go through anything like this,a nd there is absolutely no excuse for this.

  100. coyote
    July 25, 2011

    my sincerest apologies Sir. It is people like that who give my country a bad name.

  101. me
    July 25, 2011

    i share your pain my friend. In the north the police there don’t think that theft and robbery are crimes. There was a burglary in Calibishie where shoes,caps,alcohol,groceries and money were stolen.The complainant reported to the Police that one of the suspects were seen on different occasion wearing the shoes nothing was done.The Police in the north are blackberry Police easy to chat,always ringing,and in everybodies hands(thats a new one eh!).The authorities should really warn tourists and locals alike about Batibou beach it is very isolated hence all the criminal activities which occurs there.Drugs,dead human bodies,dead whales were also found over the years plus several robberies before this unfortunate one.CAUTION : people beware of BATIBOU BEACH…..it is a nice little black sand beach between Calibishie and Bense but there are too much going on there.

  102. creative
    July 25, 2011

    OMG, I am so angry to read about this happening in DA where I am from and hope to return to. What are the authorities doing to curb crime in this land. What type of investigations are the police carrying out? Do we really think we can improve tourism with reports and experiences like these? At the Diaspora meeting last year the PM stated that the crime in DA was not serious, and he said that at a public forum that was being broadcast over the airways. Until we admit that we have a major problem in the amount and level of crimes in DA, we will not even start to address this crime problem. And don’t tell me I am bringing the PM into this or politicizing, because I am making reference to the PM’s response to people’s concerns about crime in DA.

    • ROSEAU!
      July 25, 2011

      Come on we know where you reside at present crimes are commited all the time but the question remains are our police force doing something about it? The answer is yes! and do not forget some crimes are crimes of oportunity we have to remain vigilant at all times. Take it from me been there done that. we have to be fair. Thank you no hate intended just stating the facts. But at the same time I am pisst off.

  103. JustGivingMyTwoCents
    July 25, 2011

    OMG…that’s is horrendous. Who gives thugs the right to do that to people – no one. It doesn’t matter whether the person is local, tourist, black or white. No one has the right to be violated and terrorized like that.

    I sympathize with the victioms.
    Sorry that your first experience of Dominica had to be this one. Sorry that one of your memories of Dominican has to be this one. Sorry that these lowlifes in Dominica had to do this to you.

    Please, please, please remember that this is not representative of what Dominica and Dominicans are. This is just what these thugs were and are about. They are the minority!!!!

    They will get their comeuppance you best believe , because they’ll mess with the wrong person.

    Please revisit Dominica do not let these thugs tarnish our image and prevent you from enjoying what we have to offer.

  104. A Voice
    July 25, 2011

    Well maybe with DNO publishing this story the police will take immidiate action. Whats up Weekes? You always quick to come to your fellas’ defence.

    A tourist making statements that the police is not doing enough to assist visitors who are subjects of crimes does not help Dominica in anyway, nor your ‘professional’ police force.

    Like the tourist said, this is a small place and you guys have evidence in your possession, something should be done already.

    And when these guys are caught, they ought to be squeezed real hard and be made an example of. Dominica’s welfare depends on it.

    I watchin’ still….

  105. Foreigna
    July 25, 2011

    so why was it placed there? @ photo

  106. John
    July 25, 2011

    Fighting crimes = Good Tourism destination. The CDPF needs to address the issue of police patrols in areas with tourist sites. For example the Police department needs to have men assigned to locations like Hicking areas, beach and waterfall/lakes. We need to have them setup as units with a mandate to secure these areas. At the end of the day we need to have efficient utilization of police personnel.

    • ROSEAU!
      July 25, 2011

      Smarty! regardless! we still do not have enough to go around. Consider organizing a citizen patrol to work hand in hand with the police Force. I know you`re smarter than your post reflects.

  107. Devoted Dominican
    July 25, 2011

    TO THE DOMINICA POLICE FORCE AND IT’S RULING GOVERNMENT, IS THIS NOT A SHAME TO THE ISLAND SEEING THAT YOU ALL ARE ALWAYS HIRING POLICE OFFICERS WHO IS NEVER DOING THE THINGS TO PROTECT THE COUNTRY AND THE INCOMING VISITORS? SHAME ON THE ENTIRE POLICE FORCE.NO PROTECTION MEANS NO MORE OUTSIDE VISITORS OR CRUISE SHIPS.

    • ENGLAND
      July 25, 2011

      LETS not get carried away the police cannot be at every potiential crime scene also crime fighting is every body business or should be. So lets be fair to our Officers and do not allow our emotions thou while justified to be angry at what happened to those alleged crime victims the police cannot do it by them selves so lets ask our neighbours and friends that if they have any information regardless of how minute it is let the police have it cause we want to take those cowards off the street before they strick again.So lets look in the mirror and ask ourself what Im I doing to help keep Dominica safe and crime free if there`s such a thing in 2011.

      • unknown
        July 28, 2011

        BULLSHIT .. DEM POLICE WASTE OF TIME .. MY CAR GOT STOLEN A TIME AND DE PERSON USE MY CREDIT CARD GOT CAUGHT ON CAMERA .. AND I CALLED DE POLICE TWO DAYS LATER TELL DEM ABOUT THAT .. U KNOW WHAT DE INVESTIGATING OFFICER TOLD ME ? HE WILL CALL ME BACK .. A DAY PASS NOTHING .. I CALLED NEXT DAY .. THEY SAID HE OUT FOR THE DAY .. I CALLED AGAIN FOLLOWIN DAY .. HE THEN TOLD ME HE PASSED IT ON ANOTHER OFFICER .. I TOLD THE OTHER OFFICER .. HE SAID OK .. U KNOW HE TOOK A WHOLE WEEK TO GO REVIEW THE TAPES AND IT WAS ALREADY ERASED .. AND AFTER TWO WEEKS HE CALLIN ME TO MAKE STATEMENTS .. NEXT TIME I TAKIN THINGS MY OWN WAY !

  108. Dominican for sure
    July 25, 2011

    I am from the North-east and it is really sad and disappointing to read stuffs like that. I mean with all these Police officers being trained, etc. These guys are still allowed to take these chances. We speak tourism,but are we really serious about this sector. It is known that Crimes occur at this beach, why arent people advised not to go there esp the tourist. Common Officers, help remove the shame from our eyes

    • Homeboy
      July 25, 2011

      Or station a Police outpost there..

      • for real
        July 25, 2011

        good idea, but be careful of the character of these police officers..

  109. Me too
    July 25, 2011

    I am so ashamed!!!!

  110. miss understood
    July 25, 2011

    so dem police lazy n does not do their work. sell dem out self. maybe they well involved those dirty cops. too busy playin domino in de station, drinking rum n running lil women….SMH

    • ENGLAND
      July 25, 2011

      Stop it! fool! you really have your axe to crind go shake your bag where you sell your coal. Are you Dominican??? or Dum In A CAN.?

  111. concerned.
    July 25, 2011

    I am very concerned about what happen to these tourists, I really hope that such unfortunate events don’t continue to happen in our blessed Dominica.

    However, it is alarming that in a foreign land, one would choose to ask any character on the streeet for directions. They were being very careless.

    But it is indeed sad.

    • what
      July 25, 2011

      i think u are missing the point.people is being rob here all the time (and the police still telling them to do their own investigation still)

  112. HD
    July 25, 2011

    sorry to hear that…its hard for police to investigate anything…except a few fellas with spliffs….

    • July 25, 2011

      they don’t arrest fellas with spliff anymore

      • fire
        July 25, 2011

        Go and burn one by the police station and see if they would’nt lock u up.

  113. Anonymous
    July 25, 2011

    Wow!

    • sweet
      July 28, 2011

      more lie trying to give dominica a bad name :twisted:

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