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Paralysed by fear in MoBay

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM


At present, I am scared to travel within Montego Bay. I feel like a hostage in my own town. Stoplights and traffic pileups exacerbate the nightmare because you don't know when violence will explode, killing even innocent bystanders.

Nowhere is safe. We can't have our people living in fear. What's going to happen a few months or years down the line? Visitors will become afraid to visit the island; returning residents will scrap plans to resettle in Jamaica; locals will migrate even more quickly.

Something needs to be done. I see the military and police force conducting spot checks on the roads. However, don't you think criminals will alert their cronies to such operations?

We need to use our intelligence channels before going into communities and ferreting out thugs. Then we should bring them to book.

Everyone needs to get involved: the churches, schools, families, wider community, and the Government.

This is no longer 'Jamaica, no problem'. It's now 'Jamaica, big problem.'