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Crime taking over St James
Over the years I have noticed a major decline in the morale of the people of St James. Upon deeper studies I realised that a huge contributor to this decline is the fear that has been instilled in us from the criminal element which has been plaguing the district for some time. The same criminal element that has been allowed to run basically free is now having their way with the once vibrant community.
I would like to appeal to the citizens and the business community to open their eyes and see how far-gone our beloved town has become. We need to come together as a community and work with our law enforcement agencies to take back what was ours, the freedom to walk our streets without fear.
We as a people and a community need to work in conjunction with the police and to become more involved and supportive. No longer can we just blame outsiders for the crime problem. No longer should we have to live with the fear of retaliation, the fear for our lives and those of loved ones.
The success of our business community has led to increased commerce within St James. This makes for even more attractive targets. St James no longer houses “toy” businesses; we have grown virtually overnight as a commercial force and as a result the criminal element views us as a ripe target. What we need is the business community to now become more proactive and lead the initiative against crime.
Let us work together, the citizens, the businesses and the police. Let us take advantage of the tax breaks provided for us on closed circuit monitoring and rally to have our neighbourhood and our main roads monitored and watched over. Let us rally for more police presence on the streets; to have regular patrols on both the main road as well as the side streets.
Mostly, let us as a community establish communications with each other as well as the police. We no longer have to be individuals, we can rise up and become a community protecting each other, sending the message that crime will no longer be tolerated in our beloved St James.
Councillor B Ramsuchit
St James East District
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