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Concerns mount amongst visitors as crime spirals in western Jamaica - JHTA

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2016 | 12:25 PM
JHTA President Omar Robinson

The escalating crime in western Jamaica has got visitors to the island's second city Montego Bay concerned, according to president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Omar Robinson. 

Speaking on RJR 94 FM, Robinson says the association has had to ramp up its public relations activities due to increased calls of concern from visitors.

He says there is a general perception that there are too many killings in the parish and is urging government to find a solution to stem the increase in murders.

Last week, 14 people were killed across the parish - six of them on Friday. Nearly 200 people have been killed in St James alone since the start of the year.

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) reserves have been called out to assist the police to manage the high number of murders.

Robinson says, too, that many businesses are worried about the safety of their employees.

He says a meeting with security officials on Friday focused on the need for more social intervention and resources for the police, such as vehicles and manpower.

Robinson says the crime situation in St James is now a crisis.