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Friday, December 20, 2013

The Government has realised that it is losing the fight against crime and with limited rounds to go, all hands have been called on deck in order to turn the tide in favour of law-abiding citizens. The travel advisories for foreigners visiting our shores speak of a destination where one has to exercise great caution, especially at night, and mention is made of criminal gang activity.


Admittedly, the content of these advisories has for some years, and certainly before this administration took office in May 2010, warned travellers about the crime situation, but the fact that we are not in a significantly better position is a matter of urgent national importance. Leaders who have had the opportunity to select individuals as ministers of National Security seem to prefer people with a military background, but this level of training has not worked in bringing crime under control.


Having one’s heart in the right place is insufficient to make the advancements necessary to deal with crime and even the technocrats and advisers to the ministers are falling short. These comments are not part of a blame-game strategy to lose focus on the matter at hand, because, as we all know, there is little to be gained by highlighting the deficiencies of those selected in the past and currently to lead the charge.


Stating to the public that there has been a decrease in criminal activity without a noticeable rise in the detection rate is no solace to a population that continues to be under the pressure of living in an unsafe environment. Recent polls by print and electronic media asking citizens whether they agreed that there has been a decrease in the commission of serious crimes showed that the majority of participants, representing several walks of life, were of the opposing view, with some challenging the authenticity of the statistics.


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