PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Honourable Allen M. Chastanet has strongly denounced the spate of robberies and burglaries which have occurred recently, particularly in schools across the island.
On Saturday, October 1st, the Prime Minister paid a visit to the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School early that morning upon receiving news of a break-in which had occurred.
The burglary at the school resulted in damages and loss of valuables.
The Prime Minister said: “This disturbing trend will not be taken lightly by Government and by extension the law enforcement of this country. This is not a positive activity for anyone to engage in. It cannot be tolerated that people do not feel safe at the very institutions that are tasked to educate, mould and shape young minds in an atmosphere which is conducive to learning”.
The Prime Minister called on Saint Lucians to assist the police in their investigations and discourage the practice of purchasing stolen goods.”
Meanwhile Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Senator Hermangild Francis underscored that when criminals violate institutions such as churches, schools, hospitals and Homes for the Elderly this behaviour amounts to an attack on the very fabric of the society itself.
“This is a time for the entire island to come together in one voice to take a stand against these acts. The government will indicate a way forward on this matter soon,” the Security Minister explained.