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2017 Crime Stats: 274 ? Murders 2 Kidnappings (Ransom)

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Written by: JoePublic - 4th Oct, 2016 - 12:12pm Trinidad Safety Reply
Name: George

Title: CRIME

Comments: In my opinion, there are just too many people of status and in positions of authority on this island who continue to paint pretty pictures of what is really going on here.They do so by verbal utterance or by putting pen to paper via the media. They are continually playing down the seriousness of our crime scenario and the lack of general progress of our nation. Politicians, for instance, portray finance as the most important element in the progress of the nation and forget that the welfare and living conditions of our ordinary citizens are paramount in bringing unity and happiness to our people. The politicians seem quite prepared to keep the nation politically dived by constantly using the race card to perpetuate the division of the two main races. The impression given is that they believe that if they present pretty pictures our problems will go away.They have become immune to everyday crime events here and most of the time turn a blind eye to its effect on our nation and our citizens. They do almost nothing constructive or meaningful to halt the spread of crime here. Politicians here, believe that spending vast amounts of money on equipment to fight crime will resolve the problem .This is something that has been done for decades without any fruitful results. They are failing to face the truth that we are living in a culture of crime, created to a large extent by the failures of our pioneers of local politics after our independence .This is displayed by their personal financial greed in the amounts of corruption cases in high places that have been revealed in the last few decades which encourages more such crimes by those in positions of authority thus making matters worse. They together with the judiciary and the police,are gradually and deliberately eroding the values of punishment for crimes, and in some areas are even trying to hide the amount of crime and lawlessness that exist by not reporting the true incidents of crimes committed. Top of the list is corruption.Those reported are at the apex of this crime and therefore cannot be hidden. Almost all of those committing this crime here are allowed to keep the loot and never end up behind bars. Then there is the widespread criminal money spinner, kidnapping. Last year, for instance, there were 98 kidnappings but only three were reported by the police,and despite reports of kidnappings this year, not one is shown in this year's police statistics. Then there are murders which have shown no decline over the past months.Politicians have so far failed to reach any combined agreement of reinstating the death penalty as a known deterrent.Those senior officials within the police and the legal system have made no attempt whatsoever to contribute to this matter. Politicians,the police, and judiciary cannot continue to govern this nation without the perpetual development of more crimes and lawlessness as long as they continue to live in a make belief world by painting pretty pictures. The nation will, in the end, become a nation where crime will be considered free for all,which seems to be already the case here, bearing in mind the current criminal and lawless trend.
Written by: JoePublic - 20th Sep, 2016 - 3:26pm Trinidad Safety Reply
Name: Ashton

Title: Criminal activities

Comments: It is unfortunate that we keep tossing the responsibility of "bad behaviour" and correction of same unto the laps of the police force, the politicians, the teachers etc. When is the individual going to take that responsibility? Perhaps if we each see how our actions or in actions foster criminal activities we can then start addressing the growing epidemic within the Nation.
Written by: JoePublic - 13th Sep, 2016 - 11:56am Trinidad Safety Reply
Name: George

Title: Prevent

Comments: As an ordinary citizen all I can really do in to write letters to the newspapers and make comments on this website as I see fit. I may not always be correct in what I say and a lot of my views are controversial. I am certain that there are honest and well- intentioned police officers both in the hierarchy and in the lower ranks in our police force. However,in my opinion, the impression given is that somewhere along the line communication, authority and action and procedures are being manipulated by corrupt senior officers, police administrators and some politicians. It is only when the police start to arrest and treat politicians,those of status,the rich, and those known high ranking hardened criminals in the same manner as they treat the ordinary citizens here will they receive the earned respect and the deserved assistance from the public. In the battle against crime. They must set the expected equal examples where dealing with all crimes are concerned. Crimes committed by ALL citizens regardless of colour, class,race or creed must all be dealt with by the police with an equal application. Something that in not practiced on this island. At present, it would appear that where the police and especially the judiciary are concerned there is one law for the rich and another for the poor and the underclass. Politicians here must shoulder most of the blame for allowing the judiciary to influence the police by the manner in which they deal with those well off individuals and those of status who commit the crime of corruption and other serious offences. The hands of ordinary citizens are shackled as they rely on our politicians to control the police and the judiciary which they are failing to do. They have in fact allowed the TTPS to become a law onto themselves and now have very little effect in the manner in which the police operates.
Written by: PoliceCanDo - 13th Sep, 2016 - 10:49am Trinidad Safety Reply
It is easy to focus on the police. The borders open and there are other agencies tasked with protecting it that do not. And what about you George, I've been reading many of your critical postings about the police, however what are you as a citizen doing to help curb crime because it is a joint effort, not on the police alone.
Written by: JoePublic - 13th Sep, 2016 - 10:09am Trinidad Safety Reply
Name: George

Title: CRIME PREVENTION

Comments: The government is now going yet again to waste a vast amount of money buying sophisticated weapons for the police in an attempt to prevent the escalation of more crimes on this island. The police really do not need such equipment. The police need to clear out their rougue senior police officers,ineffective administrators and those lawless policemen in the lower ranks. Moreover, police here need to take a serious approach to their responsibilities. There have been a tremendous amount of money spent on the police in the past decades. This, however, has made no difference to their performance. I have always thought that a lack of manpower was the cause of their failure to make the expected progress in the battle against crime. I have, now however,concluded because of their lack of rapport with the public, bearing in mind some strange behaviour and lawless of some policemen, together with their personal attitudes, and lack of commitments, and perhaps too,the inadequate training of our police that this all amounts to their lack of their expected performance.
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