Distressing police lethargy
The Editor, Sir:
There is a sense of lethargy and staleness of thinking that has permeated the Jamaica Constabulary Force over the years and has basically crippled its ability to have any significant effect on crime reduction in Jamaica. In recent times, it has been reported that laptops and phones (especially the top-end ones) are being targeted by thieves who are able to sell the equipment easily at very cheap prices.
As a victim of such a crime I find it disheartening when all the police do is show sympathy and take a report. One gets the impression that the odds of getting back the stolen item are very small and will depend much more on luck rather than the investigative capacity of the force to solve such crimes.
The thing with most laptops and high-end phones nowadays is that they carry wireless technology and are traceable from the signals they emit.
When I enquired from the police if this information would not be able to assist them in solving the crime and finding my laptop, I was told that it has been employed in high-profile cases where laptops have been stolen, but got the sense that it required a lot of collaboration with service providers, etc. and this would be too much energy to exert in my case.
Police must wake up
When will the police and the policymakers realise that until they start treating all men as equal or at least take steps to protect the rights of all men equally, they will never be able to dent crime significantly in Jamaica? I do not believe that each of the high-end phones or laptops stolen has been stolen by different individuals, therefore, if the police were to take the time to solve one of these thefts, then they may find that they have solved a number of them and prevented maybe an even greater number from occurring.
There has been a noticeable change in the mentality of the police in recent years. However, there is a far way to go and this must be fast-tracked because Jamaica and Jamaicans cannot afford the suffering that a sleeping police force has been causing on our country.
I am, etc.,
MARK A. CLARKE