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Crime continues to cripple Clarendon- Dawes

Published:Tuesday | March 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Dr Winston Dawes

MAY PEN, Clarendon:

President of the Clarendon Chamber of Commerce Dr Winston Dawes, has said the crime rate, continues to have a negative impact on businesses in the parish.

Dawes said people have had to be spending a lot of money on security and sometimes they still do not feel safe in their homes or businesses.

"People are also scared to invest because of the fear of extortion or being robbed. There are certain no-go areas where people can't go because of its history, and so investments cannot thrive there," Dawes lamented.

The chamber president pointed out that Clarendon is a difficult parish to police because there are the ports stretching from Rocky Point to Portland Cottage and Farquhar Beach, where there is the illicit trading of drugs or meat for guns. "There is also the city centre, where most gangs operate, and then there are the migratory people who operate out of the north. The police stations are far apart, too, and that makes it easy for people to come in and commit crimes and escape from one parish to the next," Dawes said.