Trinidad & Tobago's Crime Problem - 7

2017 Crime Stats: 250 ? Murders 0 Kidnappings (Ransom)

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Written by: JoePublic - 11th Dec, 2016 - 7:41pm Trinidad Safety Reply
Name: George

Title: Lack of respect for our local police and trust

Comments: There are several reasons why the ordinary citizens of this nation do not trust the local police.This is having a tremendous effect on the police not being able to make any real progress in the battle against crime here. They are not receiving the expected assistance from our ordinary citizens. One significant reason is that the police have now adopted an attitude of being a law onto themselves which is clearly displayed in the calypso video entitled ' Road Block' related to the police demand for an increase in their salaries in 2015,This calypso maybe amusing but it is certainly an eye opener,and gives one food for thought. There have also been reports of senior police officers dabbling in certain corrupt practices over the past decades. The implementation by the judiciary of one law for the rich and another for the poor on this island only encourages the police to deal more leniently with those of status and of wealth. This is particularly noticeable in the number of those citizens found guilty of corruption here,but are allowed to keep their ill-gotten gains and are never imprisoned. This is a small island 60x40 miles with a small population, the criminal element being in the minority but despite this, the police have a very poor record in crime detection especially in respect of murders, kidnappings, and other serious crimes. They seem more interested in the criminals involved in petty crimes at the lower level of our society. The leader of the local police has now adopted a habit of perpetually trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the ordinary citizens by inferring that crime has fallen when in fact it is quite the opposite. There is practically no difference in the average level after our independence which is over five decades ago. There is also a growing tendency by the police to make announcements of investigations and probes into the many serious crimes committed by those of status and in positions of authority on this island which never materializes but are swept under the carpet. The continuing failure of the police to enforce law and order in an expected rightful manner to reduce crime as whole and the expansion of lawlessness in this country is caused and reflected by the degrading disrespectful manner in which they deal with many of our ordinary citizens. This is displayed in the growing number of complaints. Finally, there are just too many police now jumping on the criminal band -wagon which is reported by the number of officers now suspended being alleged in the involvement in criminal activities. This will only encourage the ordinary citizens to view many policemen as no better than ordinary criminals thus maintaining the high level of a lack of respect and trust. Please bear in mind that this observation is made by that Trini living in the UK who has plenty to say.
Written by: JoePublic - 5th Dec, 2016 - 4:11pm Trinidad Safety Reply
Name: Ashton

Title: Crimes- most common causes

Comments: The current crime (Murder rate in particular)situation in TT is almost totally out of control. While I offer the following suggestions that would likely help in solving this matter, keep in mind that it would take at least 2 generations to see any significant success. Criminal activities are spawned when- -there are no economic opportunities for our young and middle-aged citizens. -there is the breakdown within families -there is the feeling of being under-paid, under valued. This leads to extortion, corruption, bribery. -there are no standards set by leaders from ALL walks of life (Morally, integrity, race baiting, etc. In order to address the above, ALL citizens need to acknowledge their role. Leaders need to come together as 1 to create, implement, support stimulate and protect entrepreneurial opportunities for those searching for same.
Written by: Callaloo - 21st Nov, 2016 - 1:33pm Trinidad Safety Reply
No George, crime already affects the politicians. Just recently one of the MPs home was broken into while he was asleep and he had his car stolen. We had one of the most prominent attorneys murdered, nothing done. We can go even further backā€¦ we have a coup and yet those that started it are free today. Crime flourishes because the consequences of crime are too mild, the judiciary too slow and like everything else in T&T nothing is taken seriously.
Written by: JoePublic - 21st Nov, 2016 - 1:23pm Trinidad Safety Reply
Name: George

Title: The reasons for seriois crimes here

Comments: The only time something really constructive or meaningful will ever be done about serious crime here especially murders and kidnappings is when government politicians have become targets and end up on the slab at the morgue or are being kidnapped for money. Then there maybe, the possible implementation of a solution to our serious crime problems. Politicians here have no respect for the lives of our ordinary citizens otherwise something meaningful would have been done decades ago when murders,kidnappings and other serious crimes began to dominate the crime scene. They just stood aside offering lip service,squandering Treasury funds on useless attempts that offered 'kick backs' to combat crime which they still do now without any real attempt to stop the galloping crime activities on this island. Crime in fact, has turned out to be a money spinner for many politicians and government officials.The strange thing about this, is that even politicians from other parties have adopted the procedures of many of the PNM's wrong doings which have fuelled widespread corruption,general lawlessness and other serious crimes in our society. The politicians have at present no effective crime plan,and have constantly spent massive amounts of money in supporting the police demands for new equipment to fight crime. However, despite spending an arm and a leg on these police demands very little progress has been made in stemming the flow of serious crime here. Recently the police have come up with another idea of a need for body cameras, a need which in my opinion, is to protect themselves, not catch criminals. The only sensible thing done here with regards to crime since or independence was the appointment of Mr Gibbs and his deputy to take control and help in administering or police. However an end was soon put to that move, by those racist elements within our political and our police systems,who planned behind closed doors the termination of the appointment of Mr Gibbs and his associate. The impression given then, and still in mind, is that the termination of the appointment of Mr Gibbs and his deputy was based on race and the fact that certain politicians and senior police officers were determined not to have their adverse and corrupt procedures exposed to the public. In my opinion, and bearing in mind what is happening now, they wanted things to remain exactly as they are, thus the reasons why murders,kidnappings and serious crimes, and general lawlessness together with the police perpetual protection given to the Mr Bigs are still causing havoc here where the crime scenario is concerned. Something those of status and in positions of authority here are well aware of but has turned a blind eye to the adverse effect it has on our nation and its people.
Written by: JoePublic - 13th Nov, 2016 - 6:13pm Trinidad Safety Reply
Name: George

Title: The annual murder rate

Comments: I see the murder rate is now 400 and perhaps by the time I finished writing this letter a few more bodies may be found thus surpassing the 400 mark. What ever happened to the monthly chatter by Mr Williams that serious crime has fallen. My advice is to take what these officials say with a pinch of salt. You see other serious crimes are not as noticeable as murders. Take for instance corruption and kidnappings .These two crimes are suffocated when it comes to exposure and reporting. We therefore really don't know the true crime figures.At the end of this year, the way things are going, the murder rate should be around 425 to 430. You just can't get the message to politicians, the police or the judiciary that they are not capable of introducing any new crime plan that will work here. They, all three, the politicians, the police, or the judiciary that they have failed since our independence to keep things as normal as possible.I really don't think it would make any difference here, even if the annual rate of murders were double what it is today. It is the mentality of our masters. They are lacking in logical reasoning and still can't come to terms with re-instating the death penalty which is obviously the only deterrent that is likely to stem the flow of the slaughter of many of our innocent citizens. With their attitude,my advice to those especially in the corridors of power, is to start building more prisons to house the multitude of killers on the loose on this still waiting to be caught.
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