Sunday, February 18, 2018

Crime curfew in central Trinidad, as violence escalates

Caroni Central MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh says residents in his constituency have resorted to self-imposed curfew and businesses are closing its doors earlier because of the current crime siege.

In a letter penned to acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, Gopeesingh said the crime situation had become frightening and worrying.

He has requested a meeting with Williams to discuss crime fighting initiatives.

Gopeesingh said there were several homicides in the district and residents have reported a marked increase in other offences such as assaults, robberies, home invasion and other serious crimes.

“The residents have informed me that as a result of this sudden, dangerous and seemingly uncontrollable rise in criminal activities in their respective communities, they have resorted to taking extreme precautionary and preventative measures to ensure that they and their dependents, inclusive of children and the elderly, avoid being victims of these heinous criminal acts. They have also pointed out to me that they have not had any indication thus far that these crimes are being dealt with by the relevant authorities,” he wrote.

Gopeesingh said residents have resorted to self-imposed curfews on their individual and professional activities. This, he said, has had a tremendously negative impact on their overall well beings, as it has resulted in them living in a mind-set of unease, worry and general fear.

He said small businesses in the communities have been adversely affected as they were losing revenues by residents' self-imposed curfew and employees were unwilling to work after sunset.

“This situation, as you would appreciate, constitutes a serious, ongoing violation of the Constitutional rights of the residents of Caroni East, who, as citizens forced to live under this current crime siege, are being denied their democratic rights to safety and freedom of movement. It is against this backdrop, therefore, that I am officially requesting a meeting with your good self and any other relevant senior officers you may deem fit, to address in the broadest sense, and with an aim to immediately alleviating in any possible way, this very serious matter,” he stated.