Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce president Lily Herai has made another plea for improved policing in the district, following the shooting death of businesswoman Nisha Espinoza at the Point Lisas Industrial Estate last Friday.
Herai said Couva police officers were not equipped to tackle the increasing criminal activities in the area.
She said yesterday, “We have been lobbying for this for a long time. Couva has been growing, a lot of housing areas are being developed. The Couva police service about 22 communities right now and the strength that they have now is the same strength that they had 15 years ago.”
Herai said business owners have also been lobbying for hidden cameras throughout the Couva/Point Lisas area. She said the Point Lisas port and fishing areas should be monitored by cameras.
“We noticed that since the incident on Friday we are seeing police vehicles parked on the streets, but how long can they do this?”
Herai said business owners were becoming more vigilant. She said businessmen were installing cameras and hiring private security.
“Some are even closing business earlier but when there is a big occasion, like the World Cup, some businesses like bars will open longer hours,” she told the Express.
Police reports stated that Espinoza and her husband Ramesh Ramdeo pulled up in their Isuzu van on the compound of Phoenix Park Gas Processors around 4.40 p.m.
Espinoza, a contractor, was paying employees at the site.
Police said two men armed with 9mm pistol robbed Espinoza of $50,000 in cash.
Espinoza was shot dead during the robbery.