Since our Independence and especially under the governorship of the PNM, Trinidad’s murder rate has always had an impact on the population and the nation to some degree. Not only does it affect the citizens, but it also puts a strain on the Police Service, economy and overall safety of the country.

The PNM must take the blame for the continuance of our high murder rate and the decline in the morals of our citizens, bearing in mind the long periods of time they spend in power in comparison to any other political party.

In the past, there have been ineffective “efforts” put in place to control the murder rate, but it has not decreased significantly. In fact, it is gradually increasing year after year, which is confirmed by the record.

Starting from 2015, there were big jumps from 410 cases to 463 in 2016; then from 463 to 494 in 2017; and just last year in 2018, there were 516 cases of murder. Something more must be done in order to address this escalating situation that is not being properly controlled.

The present Government has so far failed to assist the police in trying to stem the continual increase in murders, serious crimes or general lawlessness here. They have, for example, fail to reinstate the death penalty despite many calls from our citizens to do so. The police are on their own in fighting a losing battle against our hardened criminals, as they also do not receive the necessary assistance from the general public where fighting crime is concerned.

What about other countries? What is going on in other regions? Some countries may have a similar problem compared to Trinidad, and often worse. They also have a problem managing their respective current crime/murder situation.

What about the countries that have been successful in controlling the murder rate so that it does not get out of hand? Of course, there’s no such thing as a country preventing murder cases altogether, but the best that a country can do is minimise it as much as possible.

The manner in which crime is now handled here, and with an obvious corrupt justice system, the future of our crime situation is going to get worse without those in the corridors of power doing something meaningful and constructive to stem the flow of these unnecessary killings, corruption and other crimes and lawlessness here.

GA Marques

via e-mail


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