Time for Action Against Crime in The Caribbean and I Don’t Mean Drones, Bullets and Excuses

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Caribbean and Crime

Crime is down according to a number of Caribbean officials but ask the average person across the Caribbean and they would answer, where are you from?  I think that criminals are having a good time in the Caribbean and sad to say, it’s going to stay that way until we come up with a solution.

These criminals aren’t sparing anything, murders, hijackings, rape and robbing usually are a few of the favourite pursuits.

A 2012 UN Report highlights the rising toll of crime and violence in Caribbean countries
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Sure, we can protest, nevertheless most of us usually are silent. We must consider significant steps. Many of us can no longer rely on our government to guarantee our safety from these scoundrels.

Even if we try to “criminal proof” our houses (install more robber bars), we’ve got to think about the bigger picture; the community. The simple truth is you are not safe inside your home unless you make outside safer.

I’m not trying to scare you but the sad truth is that the criminals will keep on winning if we don’t begin to think about solutions that benefit all of us.

Beyond the toll on society, crime and violence carry high economic costs, including an adverse impact on foreign investment and tourism. At an average of 30 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants per year, the English-speaking Caribbean now has one of the highest murder rates in the world.

You just can’t Fight Fire With Fire, someone will be burnt and its likely the innocent bystander. It’s time to admit that we have failed at reducing crime; we need to wipe the slate clean and look at other options. Let’s get to the root of the crime disease and I don’t mean drones, helicopters, bullets and excuses.

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Kwame Samuels

Kwame Samuels was born and raised in Negril Jamaica. He currently resides in Toronto Canada where he works fulltime in the field of market research. Kwame is a avid soccer fan and listen to Roots Reggae everyday

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