Spanish town businesses still not reporting extortion – police
The St Catherine North police say despite appeals, business owners in Spanish Town have not been reporting the culprits forcing them to pay extortion fees.
The police say extortion raked in an estimated $400 million for criminals in the old capital last year.
Head of the St Catherine North police Senior Superintendent Anthony Powell says, so far, the Spanish Town police have charged two persons for extortion.
He says he hopes the charges laid against these two persons will encourage business owners to report the crime so the police can nab gang members who are carrying out acts of extortion.
Recently concerns were raised about the safety of shoppers in Spanish Town for the upcoming Christmas season as rival gang members have been carrying out daylight attacks in the town area.
However, Superintendent Powell says the police have done a fair job at curtailing crime in the commercial area of Spanish town.
He says the police have reduced administrative functions at the Spanish Town station to increase police presence in the town.
He says this increased police presence has forced criminals to carry out attacks on the outskirts of the town centre.