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Private sector worried at crime situation in Guyana

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Police from the Kingston Central Police Division were called to a crime scene on James Street, Central Kingston, following a recent shooting in that area.

GEORGETOWN (CMC):

Guyana's private sector has written to President David Granger complaining about the present crime situation and its impact on the country's 50th-anniversary of political independence from Britain.

The Private Sector Commission (PSC) said it is concerned about the situation given that the government is seeking to attract nationals in the diaspora and other visitors to visit the country to celebrate the political milestone.

"The PSC has met twice with the honourable minister of public security and with the commissioner of police to no avail. We firmly believe that the citizens of this country can no longer live in fear of their lives, and a more aggressive strategy is needed to curb the high-profile crimes which are headlined daily," the PSC said in its letter.

It said, while it is cognisant of the fact that the current crime situation is not a recent phenomenon, it also recognises that the ability of the police force to solve crimes has improved.

Earlier this week, the police released figures showing that there had been a 19 per cent decrease in serious crimes at the end of April this year as compared to the same period last year.

The police said there had also been a nine per cent decline in murders and a similar figure for gun-related crimes.