NATIONAL Security Minister Gary Griffith has said his ministry will soon attempt to go after Trinidad and Tobago’s criminal “big fish” by targeting their properties.
“People always speak of the elusive ‘big fish’ but I intend to go down that road and I will, but don’t complain when we do it because we are going to ask questions and if you cannot account for how you acquired the items you have we will take it away and charge you,” said Griffith.
Griffith was the feature speaker on Wednesday night at a National Security Forum hosted by the Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Commerce at the Bureau of Standards auditorium in Macoya.
Besides sending out a warning to the country’s white-collar criminals, Griffith also warned businessmen to consider private security as one of their major expenses when doing business.
He said, “For example, when you get home you don’t have to hope that something does not happen because when you do your part, that is when you do private security right, it would be up to the State to do the rest.”
Touching on the subject of gang warfare, Griffith said trying to buy the problem away would not work and never will.
“Let’s work together because criminology is a science and any information we receive will be turned into evidence because I know the law-abiding among us does not want us to fail,” said Griffith.
“I am working on bringing back trust in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and this involves customer training and weeding out the bad elements because although the murder rate has dropped compared to last year, great stats do not remove the perception and fear of crime,” he said.