I think I might be cautious to say that this is an isolated incident when so many other violent incidents get pushed under the carpet. Just today the local paper was trying to say that there had been no reports of violent crime against visitors since 2005, when that simply isn't true. No murders perhaps, but violent crime does not just involve murder. What happened to me and my friend in May never made the local news as far as I'm aware, and we did file a police report immediately. While haunting the tripadvisor forum, one can find other isolated armed robbery reports in villas. The crime in Tobago seems to be far, far less than in Trinidad (for the time), but sadly, it seems to be escalating. Are the criminals coming from Trinidad? I don't know. I don't know what the solution is, but it makes me feel very sad because it seems that not too long ago people could leave their front doors open in Tobago. And all it takes is one very ugly incident like what happened yesterday to give the island a bad name as a vacation spot. And people can say "take the usual precautions" and "use common sense" all you want, but if a criminal wants to target you, he's going to find a way. Oddly enough, I felt much more unsafe and watched in Tobago than I did living in Trinidad. I felt that in Tobago we were targeted because we were two female foreign tourists staying in a villa.
Again, my heart aches for the friends and family of this family and for all the people in Tobago who will be affected by this.