VOXPOP: Do you feel safe?
Jamaicans across the country weigh in
You have to walk and watch every move you mek.
I have late classes and I am scared going home at nights.
For the last 10 years I don't leave my house after six o' clock.
I am scared sometimes, especially if I am coming from school late in the evenings.
Davon Crump (president, Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce)
We have noticed that people are cautious, especially small-business owners who don't have the finances to employ adequate security.
Albert Ferguson (president of the Area One Police Youth Club in St James)
I am not scared of the crime, I am only concerned that they are happening so fast.
I feel scared, especially since they are raping a lot of women now.
I am a bit nervous and worried about it, but because I trust in God I know He will see us through
Ensworth Murray (supervisor of Operations, Ranger Security)
People will call from time to time to express their fear and concerns. People are expressing interest in the services but affordability is a problem. They may not take the "man guard or static guard" that go on location, but they are taking the electronic service.
Parents a come out nowadays to see a who a drop off dem pickney. Weh day mi stop fi two girl, bout 10 and 11 (years old), and dem wouldn't come (in the taxi). Dat never used to happen. Me nuh feel safe.
Alicia Levy (unemployed)
I fraid a the taxi man dem. Sometimes mi prefer walk. I don't feel comfortable with the taxis I used to take before.
Lorraine Miller (sales person)
Mi try fi carry my little one go to school and pick him up. I always tell him to be careful and carry him everywhere I am going. Sometimes I don't want to go to people gate (as a sales person). Mi feel coward.
Tickel Murray (teacher/coach)
The news drive fear into the children. I now declare as part of every training session that they try to reach home safe and avoid being taken away, based on the level that the society reach now. (Photos: Alan Lewin/Gregory Bennett/Naphtali Junior)
— Mark Cummings, Alicia Sutherland, Conrad Hamilton