‘Legal’ carjacking in woodbrook
A spate of carjackings is taking place in Woodbrook. And it is being sanctioned by the Government. Carjacking is the unlawful seizure of an automobile by a person or persons unknown. So that is the only conclusion one can come to for the removal, by the dreaded wrecker, of cars parked legally on the streets in the community.
I was a victim of the crime last Tuesday afternoon. I had gone to Dennis Mahabir Street to keep a doctor’s appointment, and parked my vehicle on the street, where it was not in violation of parking regulations. To my great surprise, the vehicle was missing when I went to retrieve it after the appointment.
My first thought was thieves had gone away with my property, but enquiries from passersby revealed that the wrecker was the culprit. Operators of the tow truck took it upon themselves to determine that my car should be removed from where it was and taken to the holding bay on lower Wrightson Road where I had to pay the princely sum of $500 to get it back.
The most distressing aspect of this, however, was that I had no recourse. There was no one to whom I could lodge a complaint. Trying to talk to the unfriendly, robot-like officers taking my hard-earned money was an exercise in futility. It was not their problem. “If the wrecker say yuh park bad, yuh park bad,” was their response.
Everyone is aware that the wrecker is a deterrent to “bad parking” on the streets. What we may not be aware of, though, is that the police officer on the vehicle is the sole authority on what is a “bad park.” For example, no measurement is taken to determine if a motorist is parked too close to a corner.
If the officer decides “it looking too close,” there goes your vehicle.
The whole exercise has become a “hustle,” just a way to make quick cash (for the wrecker owner?). And we, the innocent, law-abiding motorists, have become helpless victims of this cruel, despicable, and government-approved crime.