Firstly my heartfelt condolences to the Greens and their family and may they have a speedy recovery.
Yet again Tobago continues on its downwards spiral almost as if to replicate the mindless violence which is now the norm in Trinidad. The islands of the Caribbean have changed considerably over the last 20 years with an ever increasing annual tally of murders committed against locals and foreigners alike. I myself have family living in Trinidad and my sisters are currently in Tobago on holiday not too far from where the Greens were attacked, you just can’t help worrying. I disagree with a previous post that tries to distinguish between tourists and ‘half islanders’, in my opinion a foreigner is always seen as a foreigner no matter how well one assimilates, don’t kid yourselves, it’s just that the tourists are not that easy to get hold of behind the hotel walls. Whatever the motivation behind these hideous crimes there has to be a political movement to provide short term fixes to the way Tobago is policed. An example could be taken from Jamaica where the crime rate is the highest in the Caribbean (T&T is second to JA) but violent crime is virtually unknown against tourists due to the high profile policing of tourist areas by tourist police, indeed the crime rate in Jamaica has actually dropped for the first time in years. Long term social/economic fixes could surely be put in place, focusing on the huge drug problem in Tobago, by using some of the Oil & Gas funds the government receives.
We were in Tobago and then Trinidad last year August and although we had a smashing time I think it was spoiled somewhat by the security precautions one has to adopt on a day to day basis to avoid becoming a target. Although obvious, I would suggest to those expats living in Tobago that an easy way to protect your property and yourselves is to get a dog, a very very big dog