Tackle crime wave head-on
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The rate at which crime is increasing in Jamaica is quite alarming. The crime statistics have been recording extremely violent and senseless killings, including beheadings and child homicides. Crimes against women and children have increased manifold during the recent past.
The absence of opportunity through access to education and channels to economic growth and prosperity all add to the current criminal insanity.
Consider parishes such as Manchester, St Elizabeth, and St James that never felt anything close to the current levels of violence recorded today. These parishes are now not shielded from violence and are forefront in the news.
This situation must be tackled before it is too late. A multipronged approached is needed to arrest crime and violence in the Jamaican society. Such strategy must include avenues for access to education and job opportunities.
Enough is enough! Bring back civilisation to Jamaica by speaking out against violent crimes. It means educating children from a young age to respect the sanctity of life and individual liberty, and to obey laws; citizens becoming more responsible and demanding action and answers from their elected representatives; and the police enforcing laws and treating people with respect and dignity.
Bel Air, Maryland