Sun | Nov 29, 2020

Letter of the Day | Gully thieves on Red Hills Road

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

On Saturday night, I was driving home from training (I am a national athlete) a little after 10 p.m. While coming down West Kings House Road, I began to think of why people steal and what makes them think they have a right to take what is not theirs. At this time, I remembered to check if my doors were locked and did so. I had not spoken with anyone about this topic or heard anything recently. This thought just randomly popped into my head.

About six minutes later, I stopped at the stop light that leads you to Red Hills Road from the Boulevard (under the bridge). My passenger window was about quarter way down; the doors were locked. I hadn’t stopped for more than 20 seconds when two hooded men approached my vehicle, very silently and swiftly, from the passenger side. One of them managed to reach his hand into my vehicle in an attempt to get my purse, which was resting on the passenger seat.

I screamed, wound up my windows and drove off through the red light (ensuring that no cars were coming first). I had no intention of waiting for that light to turn green so that they could come back. He did not manage to take anything.

Upon relaying this terrifying situation to friends and family, I learnt that that area is a hotspot for thieves and that many people have been robbed there.

My question is, how many reports must be made about robberies in one area before something is done about it? It is said that the thieves steal things from cars, sometimes out of the laps of the persons in the car, and jump down into the gully to get away. Is it so hard to simply clear the bush that covers the gully – so at least they won’t have a hiding spot – or put up more lights so persons have a better chance of seeing them coming?

Perhaps some undercover police (in an unmarked car, of course) could just go there at night-time and catch the crooks in the act. If they are there so often, it can’t be that hard to catch them.

Katherine Wynter

Kingston