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    Registered Member VINCYPOWA's Avatar VINCYPOWA is offline
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    Crime hampers development

    Tuesday October 18 2005

    Caribbean leaders seem to have suddenly come to the realisation that crime and violence are potent forces and are now ready to admit that the development of the Caribbean is being seriously affected because of the terrible duo.

    The signs have always been there and it is really not just yesterday that the matter reached such significant proportions that those leaders worth their salt should have come forward to offer solutions as to how the problems might be dealt with.

    There was a time when crime and violence were the hallmark of a country like Jamaica and we hasten to add that we are simply comparing what exists to what prevailed in other islands of the region.

    We all counted as the murder rate in that country rose by the hundreds year after year until now it is a work of wonder if there are not hundreds of murders per annum. This, of course, is usually what the authorities will know about as we suspect there is a significant number of undetected murders and unreported crimes of violence.

    Then we began to pay much attention to Trinidad & Tobago as their crime rate swelled to enormous proportions in a very short period of time. Now the country is seeing a rate of murders citizens could hardly imagine and the criminals have added kidnapping and extortion for good measure.

    Also, in most recent times, there have been apparent terrorist attacks in the country with well-placed explosive devices wreaking havoc among the citizenry.

    And the increase in crime has very well touched all of the islands including St. Kitts/Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Barbados – you name them and they have been having their unique problems.

    Trinidad & Tobago’s Prime Minister Patrick Manning, who is responsible for regional security as part of his Caricom portfolio, said the matter is of such paramount importance that the crime and security portfolio has been elevated in Caricom to the status held by health and agriculture.

    He added that this is so because crime and national security are assuming greater and greater importance in the region.

    Now it’s not that the respective jurisdictions and Caricom did not see this coming. After all, they did move to form the Regional Security Services (RSS) programme and have spent much money in conjunction with Britain and other key players to put programmes and policies in place to keep the Caribbean area a fairly peaceful place as far as the dominance of the criminals is concerned.

    We suppose the intention was to fight crime at what regional leaders perceived to be the root of the problem – a flourishing illegal drug trade and the arsenal of illegal weaponry that usually travels with it.

    We are not sure just how effective the RSS has been in even this area because the problems continue to filter through the islands and violence associated with the drug trade continues almost unabated.

    This, of course, has caused considerable strain on the meagre resources of some islands and the problems, once created, become very difficult to solve as cries can be heard coming from the respective law enforcement bodies.

    But the efforts must continue, as the last thing the Caribbean would want is for the criminal element to become, or even appear to becoming, firmly rooted in any territory. This will not only spell potential disaster for a country, especially if it depends on the tourism industry for its survival, but it seeks to destroy the moral fabric of these normally gentle islands.

    In many islands, already it has become quite treacherous to walk in certain areas or at specific times of the night. The doors now have as many locks as what we once laughed at as being an integral part of life in a place like the USA.

    Surely, if there is so much fear, who will be tempted to move freely and to even give freely for the sake of others?

    The regional leaders have seen it and we await their responses to the criminal threats, which seem to have Caribbean development under siege

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    Bajan Sugar SwEeTsOcAlAdY's Avatar SwEeTsOcAlAdY is offline
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    I don't think that the problem here is crime as there is crime everywhere you go, nowhere is devoid of crime.

    The main problem here, is the MANAGEMENT OF CRIME. The govts in the Caribbean must be seen as dealing with crime effectively and efficiently.

    In most cases, crime out numbers resources. This means that the govts cannot deal with it as effectively as they would like. The knock on effect is bad publicity and we all know that this is v. bad for countries who economies rely heavily on tourism.

    As with all media reporting, we see the bad aspects (increases in certain type of crime, etc) but not the good (putting away certain criminals, etc).

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    Ecan gehany worsedan DIS D Famalie's Avatar D Famalie is offline
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    Man i just glad things that happen back home is nothing compared to up here. Cause 9 out of 10 when a crime happens home it is label as a petty crime. NOT UP HERE.

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