Radio talk show host Paul ‘Gadiethz’ Peart questions whether some people really want to stop the crime in the VI
Approximately 100 persons, mostly musicians and artistes, attended the Stop the Crime Concert at Tortola Pier Park on Wickham’s Cay I.
During the International Morning Ride Show on ZROD 103.7 FM on Monday June 19, 2017, Mr Peart was at a loss as to why the community did not respond to the initiative when it had received full support from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force and other organisations.
“We want to know what did not connect. What went wrong? The establishment of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force was fully, fully on board, the Lions Club was on board, several artistes from the neck of the woods were on board, but yet still the turn out that we were looking for and the support that we were hoping to garner, I don’t think it was fully, fully taken.”
Mr Peart questioned, “When people are saying ‘Stop the Crime’, do they really want to stop the crime? He further commented that some members of the public believe that the people who are pushing the initiative, don’t really know about crime.
“Maybe the crime machine has broken down so criminals are free to live among us,” remarked a disappointed Mr Peart.
The talk show host stated that Virgin Islanders cannot stop crime by just stating that they are going to stop crime, adding that the VI needs every single hand on board in order to stop crime.
‘Hypocrisy has to stop’
Looking at what may be some of the contributors to crime, Mr Peart said he could not understand why there is no assistance for a young person in the community who wishes to start up his or her own business.
He further stated that he has seen persons from other countries enter the Territory and build four or five houses with no problem.
“This sort of hypocrisy has to stop.”
He continued, “Crime breed because we neglect our responsibility and we say God is going to fix it. Leave it to God it is going to work out.”
The radio show host noted that since the Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews and Government are pledging to play their part, the community must come together and play their part in stopping the crime as well.
“We have already had six murders. Let me see if it’s going to take six months to get any clue. Let us see if it is going to take six years to get any clue as to who these murderers are.”