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Put a lid on crime

Published:Saturday | October 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM


We live in a country where murder is rapidly losing its shock value. We read of or hear it in the news and we act as though we are concerned, but quickly thereafter, we move on to the next story. There is limited outrage, limited follow-up, until another innocent is massacred.

Two-year-olds are being executed. Police are being held up and robbed by gunmen on buses. Gangsters are trading bullets while the prime minister visits nearby communities.

It will take more than regular policing to address the brazenness of these new types of criminals. That approach will call on not just the security forces and the Government, but all of us.

Residents must collaborate with the police to offer intelligence. Residents say they are afraid to rat out these criminals, but according to reports in the news of the slaughter of those five persons, residents had banished a suspect earlier for alleged incest. That act must have taken some amount of courage.

For far too long we have only reacted to crime when it reaches our doorsteps. Too many of our children's innocent lives are cut short by senseless violence, and too many others live in fear daily.

We are all affected by crime and violence, so each of us has a role to play in its fight.