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Be wary of complacency in crime fight, says Bunting

Published:Wednesday | August 21, 2013

Following a New York Times article that lauded Jamaica for its efforts in reducing crime by some 40 per cent since 2009, National Security Minister Peter Bunting is expressing caution.

Bunting said while the positive attention is good, the country cannot afford to become complacent in the fight against crime and the deadly drug trade.

The article, written by Damien Cave, titled 'Jamaica fights to break grip of violent past' and published last Friday, said Jamaica has done far more than many other countries to strengthen its weak systems in an effort to tackle drug trafficking and other criminal activities.

The story noted: "Jamaica is emerging as a rare bright spot in the hub of the fight against drugs and organised crime that extends across South America and the Caribbean."

However, Bunting noted that "this is good, but we still have a far way to go. It speaks to the level of work the country has been doing over the years".

Bunting said, with more attention being paid to restricting the illicit drug trade in Central and South America, the gains Jamaica has made could be undone through more attempts to transport drugs through the Caribbean.