The importance of informers
The Editor, Sir:
The problem with the scrap-metal trade is not unique to that industry. There is an institutionalised system of dishonesty in Jamaica. This is the same problem farmers have been facing, and numerous other sectors of society.
The problem is only going to be truly solved, or at least dented if the message can be successfully carried across to the people of this country that their cooperation with law enforcement is essential. We need to impart the need and importance of informants. There is no other way we are going to be able to move forward.
We are also failing as a nation, from a government standpoint, to inform people correctly of the effect of the economic crisis that we are now facing.
It is for this reason I think it was dangerous for government ministers to have stated that the economic crisis would not affect us seriously. It has affected and we have still not yet seen the full impact.Failure to inform citizens fully of the likely effects leaves them unprepared and not taking the necessary steps to mitigate the effects. One sure effect would be the increase in criminal activities. Some people who have come to enjoy a certain lifestyle will want to have it continued no matter the cost.
I made up my mind long ago, to do my duty and provide information of any crime I may have witnessed, not for reward, not with a promise of protection, but in service to my fellow man.
The theft of metals for the scrap metal industry is just one of the symptoms. The real problem is a nation that thinks "all is fair if I'm not caught"; a nation that thinks "mind my own business"; or "informer fi dead". We reap what we sow, and what goes around comes around.
I am, etc.,