Crime History in Trinidad & Tobago

Governments come and go, each with a new 'solution' for crime

Wed, 18th October, 2017 - 2:05 am GMT
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2017 Crime Stats
T&T Murders: 390 ?
T&T Kidnappings**: 7
** Ransom only

Previous Year Crime Statistics:
TT Murders: 462
TT Kidnappings: 0

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How Crime Has Evolved

As the growth of socio-economic success took hold of Trinidad and Tobago so too did the desire for material possessions. In my personal opinion, serious spikes in crime started when there was a mass deportation of T&T nationals from North America (1999-2000). Another possible contributing factor was the influx of immigrants (both legal and illegal) that took up places and positions that would have otherwise been occupied by locals. The impact on real estate has been significant and basic salaries do not even cover the most standard of needs.

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Name: George

Title: Morals below par

Comments: In my opinion, politicians here do not care about the working class, the poor or the underprivileged despite the fact that they live in strongholds of a particular political party thus supporting that party. After 55 years of independence and the reigns of power being held mostly by one political party, we have achieved very little as a rich nation, where the environment,living conditions .welfare and other essential amenities are concerned. Oh, yes we are ladened with roads and some white elephants. Some roads for instance, just doubling back on themselves, others really leading nowhere in particular, and believe or not there are plans to build more roads some going around in circles. No wonder the contractors and the corrupt politicians are rubbing their hands. We really don't need more roads. Maintaining the present roads in a proper manner will suffice. What we need is more proper and constant water supplies, street lighting, better education system. A proficient and respected police force, a reformed and dutiful justice system and better and more welfare and professional medical practitioners.We also need to immediately ban our local terrorist movement who are tarnishing the name of this nation. Most of all we need honest, compassionate politicians with good morals and self-discipline and not those that speak with false tongues and apply lip service and double standards to our politics and making promises they cannot keep. Our politicians need to set better examples when it comes to dealing with corruption, racial integration, inequality and crime here. Crime, in particular, has escalated since our independence to an alarming rate especially the slaughter of many innocent citizens and no one recently in a responsible position has done anything new, meaningful or constructive to stem the flow.They keep applying the same old tactics of spending massive sums of money on police demands for modern equipment something that has been going on for decades, and at the same time waiting to see if the rate of crime especially murders subsides, and making rash promises from time to quell the anxiety of the public, whilst in the meanwhile more citizens are being murdered by our local drug addicts and mad killers. 55 years after our independence and we are more or less have very little in respect of the expected advancement of the human being to display in this nation. In fact, since our colonial days, the quality and personal standard including the morals of our people has taken a turn for the worse, and each year is consistently falling well below par.

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