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Business leaders concerned about accuracy of Mount Salem crime figures

Published:Tuesday | September 5, 2017 | 12:45 PM

Business leaders concerned about accuracy of Mount Salem crime figures 

There is some concern among business interests that the government may have wasted resources in declaring Mount Salem, St James a Zone of Special Operation based on inaccurate crime figures.

President of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA), Metry Seaga, says the Police High Command must clarify the discrepancy surrounding the crime figures for Mount Salem.

The Police reported that the community recorded 54 murders so far this year and has 12 gangs.

However, residents and political representatives have disputed the figures.

He says it is unacceptable that questions now surround the accuracy of the figures that would have guided the government's decision in declaring the Zone of Special Operation in the area.

Seaga says if the figures are inaccurate then it means valuable resources would have been wasted in moving into the area.

 

President of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, Metry Seaga

Chief Executive Officer of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), Dennis Chung, agrees that the police must verify the crime figures for Mount Salem.

 

Chief Executive Officer of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, Dennis Chung

However, Chung says even if the figures show that the area is not the most problematic in terms of crime; it is still an area of concern and declaring it a Zone of Special Operation would not have been a mistake.

The PSOJ CEO says he doesn't believe an area has to be the most problematic crime spot for it to be declared a Special Zone of Operation.