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Burglars fuelling mindless rage

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2013 | 12:00 AM


I have been a victim of crime. While I slept one night, the burglar bars on my home were cut and they entered my home and stole my money and some appliances. I felt violated but very happy to be alive. I live in a town house complex which has an electronic gate.

Feeling fearful that my burglar bars were no obstacle to determined thieves, I had an alarm system installed in my home. If the alarm is triggered, trained security guards with guns come to my home to investigate.

When the alarm was triggered recently, at three o'clock in the morning, I found myself eagerly hoping that the security guards would 'get' whoever was trying to break into my home. I was horrified to find myself hoping that whoever was trying to break in would be shot dead.

Where was my hope that whoever was trying to break in would be apprehended, tried, convicted and sentenced? I realised that the crime situation in Jamaica has turned me into someone who wanted the summary execution of a burglar.

Is the fear that made me want a burglar summarily executed the same fear that motivates the police to shoot at criminals first and ask questions later?