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Letter of the Day | Tired of the empty rhetoric on crime

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 12:00 AM


The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) recently released some troubling statistics that there has been an increase in murders in the first two weeks of this year when compared to the same period last year.

According to the JCF stats, there were 61 murders recorded as at January 13, in addition to 34 shootings and 34 robberies.

Despite the slight decrease in shootings and robberies to date, and that there were only 47 murders that were committed during the corresponding period last year, we should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing mayhem and lawlessness to prevail.

Our crime situation has gotten way out of control; it is anything but normal, but our leaders keep pussyfooting around the issue and continuously fail to implement effective and sustainable measures to put an end to the bloodletting and the rampant criminality.

It appears as if we have thrown our hands in the air and given in to these dog-hearted monsters.

It is clear that these criminals benefit from crime in one way or the other. But one has to wonder if our elected officials and the authorities that are responsible for our safety and security are complicit in, and are benefiting from, crime as well.


Clash of priorities


We always find the resources to do other things, so why can't we find them to adequately address our dire crime situation? We are like sitting ducks.

If we were doing what we were supposed to do, and focusing on the practical solutions, we wouldn't have to be alarmed by things like the US State Department travel advisory warning Americans about the dangers of travelling to our beautiful country, however sensational we may want to consider it.

We have failed miserably, and by the rate at which we are going, we will soon be condemned by the international community.

Tourism is one of our main income earners, but it goes without saying that the negative effects on that sector are imminent amid our lack of will and incompetence in fighting crime. Enough with the crime plans and statements and rhetoric. That hasn't got us very far.