Sun | Feb 25, 2018

PNPYO wants probe into alleged increase in attacks on women

Published:Tuesday | January 16, 2018 | 10:40 AM

The People’s National Party Youth Organization (PNPYO) has urged Commissioner of Police, George Quallo, to launch an investigation into the recent number of increased reports by young women on social media of robberies and kidnappings in the Half-Way Tree, Boulevard, Spanish Town, and Portmore transportation areas.

“Though an unconventional means of reporting, it is important that we nonetheless treat these reports with great urgency.  From the several numbers of reports, it would appear that armed rogue criminals are targeting passengers, young women especially, taking public transportation,” said Connoly Black, president of the PNPYO.

According to Black until the investigations have commenced and concluded, the police commissioner should increase police presence in these transportation areas and increase the number of spot checks on public transportation vehicles since some of these criminals seem to be disguising themselves as regular public passengers.

 “Given the elevated levels of criminality in Jamaica, we ask that all Jamaicans, especially women exercise greater caution when travelling via public transportation, refrain from taking robot taxis, when possible, to travel in large groups, and, where possible, avoid travelling at nights,” said Black.