LPM urges government to do more to fight crime

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LPM urges government to do more to fight crime

therold-prudentPRESS RELEASE – There is no doubt that the United Workers Party (UWP) propelled themselves into power by convincing a vast number of St Lucians that they knew exactly how to solve the myriad social and economic problems facing the country.

And so, they presented an election slogan entitled “Five to Stay Alive”, and the rest was history.

In the aftermath of that stunning victory—six months to be exact—the UWP is finally coming to terms with the reality that a captivating slogan used to win an election does not necessarily translate to being able to solve some of the most pressing issues facing the country.

Moreover, with their election honeymoon swiftly coming to an end, it is becoming increasingly clear to a growing number of St Lucians that things in the country may be on track to get a lot worse than was previously forecast by the UWP (during the Cinderella ride which brought them back to the seat of government).

One such concern, which the UWP clearly did not factor into their “Five to Stay Alive” political rhetoric, is the issue of crime.

Today, instead of working towards bringing crime under control in the country, it appears that St Lucia is now approaching a dangerous or violent threshold whereby the reaches of criminal activities have ensured that no one can feel safe in their homes or on the streets of the country.

The suspected murder and rape of Rosa “Lilico” Rosemond at her home in Marisule this past weekend is yet further proof of how terrible things are becoming in the country.

Yet, as criminal activities continue to escalate in many forms throughout the island, there seems to be a growing silence within the corridors of government based on the view that it may not be as bad as it seems.

In every nation on the face of the earth, governments are elected to work in concert with their citizens to help eradicate the root causes of crime and to afford them some measure of assurance that it is working diligently to keep the homeland safe.

Such is not the case in our homeland.

A life cut short, a woman raped, a home burglarised, or even a sudden rise in suicide cases has now become the new normal.

Where we go from here is anyone’s guess.

Yesterday was Rosa “Lilico” Rosemond, but can any of us say with certainty that we are capable of escaping the ravages of the criminal activities that are quietly peeping through our windows?

In fact, while it is the responsibility of every citizen to help in the fight against crime, no one should attempt to absolve this government of its responsibility to protect and upgrade the security apparatus in the country.

Allen Chastanet and his UWP government must act quickly to curb these senseless criminal activities in the country. Otherwise, their pledge of “Five to Stay Alive” will have done us more harm than good by the time they leave office in 2021, if not sooner.

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  1. The system is designed to keep the island down whilst officials are too busy covering their own dirty work. No one cares as long as their friends and family have a job and food on the table. The system is so dread they can now take peoples land, houses and clear out bank accounts and nothing done about it.

    Those criminals dress up for work on a morning in their Gucci Suits, they appear professional, nothing but sewer rats that use the legal and justice system for their own purpose to commit fraud. They take from vulnerable people and the youths, I learnt that the hard way never to trust the system. All we hear in the news to cover up murder, theft and the sucker for punches marijuana, they make people believe that drugs are the problems. The system is the problem.....

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  2. Saying no "Government Can Stop Crime" is tantamount to saying:

    1. No preacher can stop sin.

    2. No doctor can stop death.

    3. No teacher can make a child smart.

    And 4. There is no counsel for fools.

    Regardless, the people entrusted with the tasks are expected to have some success, somehow.

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    • You know I am with you on that. Some of them are so busy protecting their government that they don't give a damn with their own relatives are subjected to criminal acts.
      Government does have an important role to play in controlling crime and anyone who believes they do not need to have a civic lessonn,

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  3. Put politics aside and begin by deploying the SSU to drive around the island and the Constables on beat and patrol around the Capital, towns and villages as well, this should happen 24/7. I have seen it happen before and their presence in the Communities made a huge difference made a difference, some of the officers were allowed to do spontaneous shakedowns as well, very effective. Over to you Mr. Commissioner.

    And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.....Matt. 21:22......KJV.

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  4. Regardless of how nice things are in St. lucia, there will always be that criminal element. Yes, the government can play a role with engaging the youth with activities, and helping the private sector create jobs. Government can also be held responsible when it fires the best police commissioner the country has ever had (IMPACS). The most powerful crime fighting element is the people in the community, reporting suspicious individuals or activity, or not buying suspected stolen goods, watching out for our neighbors. Unfortunately we live in a materialistic global culture, where, food, clothing and shelter is never enough.

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  5. Political rhetoric again! No government can stop crime! This can only happen when people develop a conscience and we go back to being our brother's keeper! Government after government has come and gone and none has been able. Look where we are with Impacs weakening our police and giving criminals the power! Where are the human rights advocate, the enablers?

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  6. A publicity stunt with no substance. First you criticize the government for not including crime in it five to stay alive. You are also very dead on ways to combat crime.

    As far as the statistics goes, there seems to be no elevation in the number of crimes committed. You have lumped all crimes in the same category by looking at one person's demise. This administration in terms of numbers is not doing a worse job than previous administrations.

    Without even a single solution to solve the problem, yours is the equivalent of the usual LPM confused and comical baby babble. Who listens to that than adoring relatives? Mothers you say?

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    • You can try to make light of the important issues that the gentleman and his party have mentioned but you can't hide from the truth of what is happening in the country. I am a very concerned citizen Mr Prudent and I am listening to you like hell.

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      • Can you understand the Queen's English, or do you have to translate what there in English to patios to understand what is written? The person said that no solutions were offered. Therefore, idiot, it was for political mileage only. Are you too dumb to see through that?

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        • Then it makes you and everyone who oppose what the gentleman have written greater idiotss.
          I have followed this gentleman in the last five years and both him and his part y have offeeed. Loads of solutions. Isn't the UWP on a publicity stunt when. They won an election without any solutions? I rather listen to people who care and have demonstrated that they get it.. Most of us are idiots when we do our best to put other people down.

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          • What LPM tired already? They have not even formed the government to get to know how much talk there is with little results to show, and they are already tired and have no solutions? Come on! Are you stupid or what? If you keep repeating the same things over and over and each time, you do that you expect a different result, man you are dumb. Really, really dumb. Ask SLP.

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  7. I am happy that the LPM is keeping the issue of crime fighting in the news. The crime situation is a SERIOUS and URGENT situation. We continue to live in a country with natural beauty, yet so many of us have to constantly put bolts and burglar bars on our doors an windows. It seems like we are prisoners in our own land. How can a country with a population of only 165 000 be so incompetent in getting the crime situation under control? Governments come and governments go but crime worsens. It is not until someone in the highest of ranks has a daughter, son or loved one as a victim of a heinous rape or murder will we realise the seriousness of this issue. LPM, you have a loud voice. Keep fighting on our behalf!

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