Steve Wooler wrote:I take your point, Paul, but one can't deny that 4 murders and a substantial number or robberies, muggings and assaults have taken place within 500m or so of that location - since The Shade opened and no problems at all before. We have all seen the low-life that hang around outside the nightclub during the late evenings and I think it fairly safe to assume that many of the druggies consider the area and tourists 'easy pickings'. Sure, the club seems to be doing a fair bit to control access, but I'm not sure they can be held totally responsible for the patrons they attract, much less those hanging about outside to pick on the drunken stupid tourists who stagger out in the wee hours. To me, it is the ONLY no-go area in Tobago (well, assuming one takes care leaving Sunday School late at night).
Anyway, aspects of the case now indicate that we could be looking at a case of white-on-white crime passional.
reading this statement, i am a bit sad about your conclusions.
Unfortunately there is a coincidence between the raise in crime and the time since the Shade opened
their doors. But these few years were also the years of the upsurge in crime in the entire country !
It is not a secret that even in Tobago there are street gangs, of course not hundreds like in Trini, but a few, and definately some in the Bon Accord area. A night club with hundreds, if not thousands of visitors per night naturally attracts criminal activity by those individuals. The only solution would be, not to have night clubs / discotheks at all, but do we really want to eliminate the night life completely and
leave the streets to the criminals in the night ? I don't think that would be a good thing to do.
I have been visiting the Shade on numerous occasions without ever being attacked,
mostly following my personal security procedure:
Go to the club BEFORE the big crowd arrives, say by 11pm.
Make sure you get a park for your vehicle as close as possible to the exit.
Leave the club by 3 am for the latest, before everybody is intoxicated and those, who "cya' take de liquor", get aggressive.
Behave like you want your own children to behave.
Since quite some time i see a reasonable contingent of police officers around the Shade ensuring that patrons leave the club in a orderly fashion and no "bacchanal" takes place. I don't think one could ask for much more.
We need to be aware that Trinidad and Tobago, like most of the Caribbean and South America, currently goes through an aera of significant upsurge of lawlessness. I will refrain from analysing the reasons here in this thread.
Identifying the Shade as a part of the problem is, in my opinion, the wrong approach.
Greetings from Trinidad,