Vendors who operate at the Maracas Lookout have now hired a watchman to look after their belongings, after thieves made off with their tents on Wednesday.
Speaking to Guardian Media yesterday, Bobby Singh, of Eden’s Sweet and Sour Hotspot, said he was still coming to terms with what happened.
Singh said, “Well, actually, we were very shocked after being here for 22 years, and nothing of this nature has ever happened. To come here and see the tents gone, we were speechless. I learned of this incident at five o’clock in the morning, and three hours later, I put up this tent, and I have a brand-new tent being constructed, as we speak.”
With crime now knocking on their doors, Ali said they were now hiring an extra eye at night.
He said, “Well, actually, as of last night, we have come together and we have hired what you call a watchman, somebody to just be here any night and so on. So far, we have this stall together with the rest right here. We have decided we are going to find the money and pay our watchman every night to oversee everything for us at night.”
The Maracas Lookout is considered a tourist spot to stop for items on the way to or from the Maracas Bay beach.
Singh also commended the police, saying: “I am very happy with the police. You know, they are not God. They can’t be here every minute of the night. They do pass three or four times a night and make a little circle, and I am very happy with the service. The police are doing well, and as I said, they can’t be all over the place at the same time, you know. So, we have to be flexible with them at the same time. But they have been very good.”
Guardian Media understands the police are actively investigating the incident.