Spike in armed robberies spawns vigilante groups on the Corentyne

Reeling from a spike in armed robberies in villages along the Corentyne Coast, some villagers have formed themselves into vigilante groups to patrol their communities at night.

During the recent Christmas season, residents of Numbers 49, 55, 56 and 57 villages suffered a series of stick-ups and home invasions, in which their families were traumatised and they lost millions of dollars in cash and property.

The vigilante groups would start patrolling from as early as 7 pm, ending in the wee hours of the morning. To date, at least one vigilante group has thwarted a robbery targeting a Number 55 Village home. Some members of the groups have said it is “very hard” to patrol and guard at night …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.



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