Trinidad & Tobago's Crime Problem - 10

2018 Crime Stats: 160 ? Murders 1 Kidnappings (Ransom)

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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.
Written by: JoePublic - 13th Nov, 2016 - 11:26am Trinidad Safety Reply
Name: George

Title: A new generation of criminals

Comments: The nation is now facing a new generation of criminals. The police will never be able to control these new crafty and budding criminals who have learn their trade by the examples set by other crooks,hardened but sophisticated criminals here .Things are going from bad to worse. The writing is on the wall. The recent discovery of some school drop outs being involved in growing weed with a profitable gain and another drop out committing murder during a robbery are all signs of what is to come. Please also bear in mind that these two incidents are the only ones reported and highlighted in the local press and could be just the thin edge of the new budding criminal wedge. The blame for this new development lie squarely on the shoulders of our politicians,police and the judiciary who has stood by since our independence and to this day, have continued to turn a blind eye to the criminal illegal activities by some of our well known masterminds of corruption and other serious crimes here. With all the signs that this nation is now a haven for criminals and the clear impression that crime pays, together with the fact, that you are most likely to pay no retribution, then crime has become a free for all. One only have to look at the past crime records here to find that several citizens of status who despite being found guilty of corruption were allowed to walk free and even keep their unlawful gains. This lack of respect for law and order by the police,politicians and the judiciary have only helped to generate more thieves, petty criminals,and widespread lawlessness on this island. It is now playing a major part in influencing and encouraging the young and others to jump on the criminal band wagon. We are now faced with the consequences of what happens to a society when the authorities fail to implement the correct punishment to criminals,thereby projecting an image as protectors especially of the wealthy and elite criminals. Without draconian measures by the judiciary, the police and those in the corridors of power we can now expect a worsening situation where crime and morals are concerned.
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