BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – THE Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CIC) is expressing concern about the recent spate of break-ins on Port Zante where a number of business establishments were vandalized and robbed.
Blue Water, Taiwan Tasty, the Harley Davidson store and First Class Jewelry were four of five stores SKNVibes understands were robbed over the last two weeks.
CIC’s President Jose Rosa, expressed concern that the impact and picture that those break-ins can paint would hamper St. Kitts and Nevis’ tourism image internationally.
This, he noted, is because those incidents occurred in an area which is considered a tourism hub of activity.
“Dealing with Port Zante is a real concern because it is a door for our tourists to come into the island. That all the tourists can see something like that, is not only a concern for the private sector but for all citizens.”
Rosa, pointing to the recent Crime Reduction Symposium, stressed that the government is making a concerted effort to deal with the problem of crime and violence in the Federation.
“We are always concerned when it comes to the topic of crime. I don’t have all the information about it, but I know that the government has been active in trying to minimize those types of activities - not only on Port Zante but on the whole island.
“I participated last week in the symposium that government had in dealing with crime and I feel that initiative we started was a great one that deals with crime.”
As was reported by this media house, on the weekend of February 3, Taiwan Tasty and Blue Water were broken into and a number of items including an iPad, money, a cash register, and a karaoke machine were stolen.
Cash and other items were reportedly stolen from the Harley Davidson store.
On February 13, First Class Jewelry was broken into and an assortment of jewelry were removed.