Letters to the Editor

Tackle crime by the horns

Thursday, January 02, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

The criminals keep showing us how vicious they can be, while those who are in charge of national security keep trying to come up with "nice and clever" ways of keeping them under control. They need to ask themselves: Are the methods that have been implemented working? Are the criminals becoming more civilised? The daily news certainly does not indicate this.

The last time that we had some reduction in the homicide rate was after the military incursion in Tivoli Gardens.

The local authorities have since not displayed the courage to implement the tough measures required to deter criminals.

Evidence of the failure to deter criminals is again raising its ugly head as the crime rate goes up and security costs and concerns mount. Probably it's time to consider why crime is consistently low in counties like China, where criminals are not pampered and criminal activities are not tolerated.

In addition, we need to bear in mind that our financial status does not give us the leverage to try many of the flexible or sophisticated methods that we seem to be pursuing. What is required is for us to be quick and blunt in dealing with criminal activities in our country so that we can live in peace.

Mel Robinson






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