THE EDITOR, Sir:
Gordon Robinson's article, ''Censuss', crime and lame ideas' published on October 21, 2012 in The Sunday Gleaner included an unnecessarily negative and circular critique of the Government's crime-fighting efforts and the state of crime today, generally.
I take issue with Mr Robinson's analysis. Undoubtedly, Jamaica has a serious crime challenge - Minister of National Security Peter Bunting admitted this recently. Yet undeniable gains in crime management have been made.
According to the most recent major crime statistics provided by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (as at October 21, 2012), the number of murders committed this year is about the same as it was this time last year, while shootings, robberies and break-ins have each been cut by nine to 11 per cent.
Some of the incidents we see in the headlines are worrisome. Any well-thinking Jamaican would be concerned.
But be fair, Mr Robinson, Mr Bunting has performed admirably despite the Government's belt-tightening.