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Vox pop

Published:Tuesday | October 25, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Godfrey Dyer
Davon Crump
Dr Carl Williams
Andrew Holness
Robert Montaque
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With the current state of crime affecting the western region of the island, particularly Montego Bay, key stakeholders gave their views:

 

"We are reaping the whirlwind of the seeds of fractured family structures, poor parenting, or lack thereof, in homes, poor educational outcomes, negative socialisation, and the peer associations that encourage delinquency."

Godfrey Dyer - chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund:

"I think crime is a serious threat to business in Montego Bay, especially tourism and the wider business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. Unless the authorities step up policing and put cameras in and around Montego Bay, which will help them in the detection of crimes, the city is heading for a hard time."

Davon Crump - President & CEO at Global Outsourcing Solutions Limited

"As an investor, it is frightening when our clients continue to question whether it is safe to visit our region or not. Crime discourages investment. No investment means no new business, and no new business means no opportunity for employment for our people."

Police Commissioner, Dr Carl Williams

"The problems are not going to be fixed by a State of Emergency, or any significant police action, because they are social problems and they will have to be fixed socially."

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The crime situation in Montego Bay cannot be viewed in a uni-dimensional [way]. The crime situation has many different angles to it. It is a multifaceted problem, and from what we have seen, from our debriefing with the commissioner and the chief of defence staff, and the members of parliament in the area, it is clear that it is more than just a security problem.

Robert Montague, Minister of National Security

"We are reaping the whirlwind of the seeds of fractured family structures, poor parenting, or lack thereof, in homes, poor educational outcomes, negative socialisation, and the peer associations that encourage delinquency."