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Security minister renews calls for crime information

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
National Security Minister Robert Montague addresses the audience at the We Transform programme launch. – File

Minister of National Security Robert Montague has made another appeal for Jamaicans to share any information they have on crimes to the police.

 “A lot of persons have vital information of criminal activities and I am begging these persons to tell us what they know,” said Montague at the recent launch of the ‘We Transform Youth Empowerment and Reintegration Programme’.

 “You may see a red car driving up and down in your community and feel that it’s only a red car but that red car could have been used to commit three or more crimes and so we need to be informed,” added Montague as he urged the public to join the fight against crime by reporting any unusual event.  

The security minister noted that crimes and criminal activities can be reported in a number of ways.

“Persons can download the Stay Alert app and it basically turns your Smartphone into your personal bodyguard; you can get alerts, report crimes and if you are in trouble you can use the panic button to notify the police,” said Montague.

For persons who do not own smart phones Montague noted that they can give information anonymously through Crime Stop at 311 or other low-technology methods.

“Many persons want to give the information but they want to ensure that nothing can be traced back to them. We encourage these persons to write what they know, put it in an envelope mark an x on the envelop and drop it off at any post office,” said Montague.

He noted that the police have enjoyed success through this method in the past.

– Myesha Broadie