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With high crime level in St. Kitts and Nevis, US Consul General to promote safety and security

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Published 7 June 2017

 With high crime level in St. Kitts and Nevis, US Consul General to promote safety and security

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, June 7th 2017 – The high level of criminal activity in St. Kitts and Nevis has prompted the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados to promote increased awareness among its citizens living and studying in the twin-island Federation.

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) has organised a special Town Hall meeting to discuss safety and security in St. Kitts and Nevis.

RUSVM in a notice has invited its students, colleagues, spouses and family members, along with U.S. citizens residing in St. Kitts and Nevis to attend the event scheduled for June 14th at 4:15 p.m.

“The event will include a security summary and tips to promote increased awareness. An overview of U.S. Embassy services will be shared through a keynote address with the U.S. Consul General,” said the notice.

Interested persons have been requested to respond by June 9 to Sara Kaufman at [email protected].

The announcement of the Town Hall meeting coincides with an increase in criminal activity including murders, though no student or U.S. citizen has been a victim. Students have been the victim of armed robbery and sexual assault.

In March this year, RUSVM said additional safety measures have been introduced following a sexual assault and armed robbery of one of its students.

RUSVM informed its campus community of an incident of sexual assault and armed robbery of one of Ross community members on March 13, 2017 in West Haven, West Farm.

“Two masked perpetrators entered the residence of the victim and her male friend through an open door. One of the perpetrators was armed with a handgun. After the incident, the perpetrators fled the scene with cash and several valuable items,” said RUSVM.

RUSVM Safety and Security Department implemented additional patrols in the West Farm area including a combination of mobile, K9, and foot patrols, as well as, static observations in areas where its community members reside.

RUSVM last month reported one of its students missing. Her vehicle was  found parked at Port Zante. The student reportedly went by yacht to St. Maarten with an international sexual predator, who has been residing in St. Kitts and Nevis since 2016.

Michael Camilo Precht, 25, born in Colombia once posed as a doctor and was examining women at a Hospital in Malta. He was charged with posing as a doctor and fooling three Maltese models into letting him examine them, allowing him to touch them in various parts of their bodies, amounting to violent indecent assault.


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