Caricom secretary-general Ambassador Irwin LaRocque paid tribute to the late Sir Vidia Naipaul.
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Deliver us from evil
The problem of crime starts with ourselves. Too many people are negative. It is something we all need to work on as a people in these difficult times that we live in.
We are comfortable doing almost anything to defend our so-called territory, even if it means hiring hitmen to kill those who you think have wronged you, while infringing on the boundaries of others.
The number of home invaders, car thieves, murderers, purse snatchers, kidnappers and fraudulent politicians is growing at an alarming rate.
Despite the many excuses made by those in power, no added resources are needed by the criminal justice system in order to accomplish a reduction in the crime rate.
The Government finds it easy enough to spend money, but difficult to spend it productively.
The number of serious crimes known to the police has made a quantum leap and victimisation surveys show many crimes are not reported.
We must reduce wasting time and effort that makes it so expensive to arrest, convict and punish the guilty.
Greater participation among community members and law enforcement is essential to help ensure crime and victimisation rates begin to decline.
Individuals can take steps to protect themselves and their property by attending self-defence classes, acquiring guard dogs or engraving their property with some form of identification.
Businesses can initiate crime prevention measures in the work-place like hiring well-trained security officers to installing security cameras, as well as training staff to recognise potential criminal activity.
We need to engage in a concept called target hardening—making it physically more difficult for the potential offender to engage and be successful in criminal activity.
Installation of deadbolt locks in doors, the latest anti-theft devices, using steering wheel locks for cars, and putting iron bars on windows are just a few examples of target hardening.
Computer users must protect themselves from victimisation by installing the latest software that has the ability to defend against potential intrusion by hackers and other cybercriminals.
I want to encourage all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to pray like this every morning: “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from EVIL.” —Matthew 6:9-13
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