The Rt. Rev. Laish Boyd, head of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, expressed concern about crime in both the countries as he addressed the 119th synod of the Anglican church.

Boyd told congregants, “we note with concern the recent increase in crime, murder in particular in both the Turks and Caicos Islands and in The Bahamas. In the Turks and Caicos Islands on October 2nd there was that awful incident leaving three dead and five wounded. The territory has had twenty seven murders to date compared to fourteen in the same period last year. Here in The Bahamas, we are at the staggering number of 108 murders to date with brazen gang related assaults and killings in homes, schools, businesses and on public jitneys.”

He also called on citizens to be vigilant and exercise caution saying, “stay away from hot buttons areas and from bad company. We cannot simply move around as we please, we have to be more careful. Do not cloak your relatives and friends or even your children in shady business.”

The 119th synod was held at Christ Church Cathedral on October 19th.