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Squatting, crime ruin Steer Town

Published:Monday | March 9, 2015 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Steer Town in St Ann could be a disaster waiting to happen if deeper holistic interventions do not take place to, at least, stop the rot. If not, Kingston's roughest areas will eventually be like Sunday schools in comparison.

Squatting, especially, must be nipped in the bud, as many people from hot spots have come there to cool out while bringing some of the unsavoury garrison attitudes in their luggage and minds. Many decent poor squatter holders in Steer Town and nearby Green Bay have had to flee the growing criminality and uncouth behaviour of the many new residents.

Member of Parliament Shahine Robinson said, "The challenges facing the community are not insurmountable, with many of them due to poverty." The newly installed superintendent of police, the capable, competent and personable Steve Brown, has a great task on his hands, but has the support of the business community and law-abiding citizens in St Ann.

Policing alone, however, cannot solve all the problems, as all stakeholders must be on board for any meaningful success.There has to be a holistic approach to the problems.

MICHAEL SPENCE

micspen2@hotmail.com

Liguanea, Kingston 6