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Citizens speak out on crime
1. Angie Mark, housewife and grandmother
"People need to stop covering up their kids' mistakes so they will turn out to be be upstanding and principled adults. Only then will we have less angry people fighting and killing."
2. Vanarrise Jagdeo, office administrator/manager
"My brother was murdered in November 2017 and my children have been asking to leave sweet T&T. The authority needs to have life skills in our schools as a priority, bring back the death penalty, enforce laws and fix the judicial system. We need prayers."
3. Seeta Parasram, retired teacher
"I have heard stories from relatives of home invasions and robberies and it is upsetting. Citizens are taking measures with cameras, burglar proof, arming themselves with defending devices, not liming late and being attentive. Crime is distressing and we have Neighbourhood Watch and patrols but it is still not enough. We need more responsible parenting to raise honest citizens."
4. Bal Sirjoo, retired information systems analyst
"I reiterate the statement, fix crime first to the amended one, fix me first. This means I should take responsibility for reporting crime even among my family, friends, neighbours or those on my street. It was tolerated before as not affecting us but it is now embarrassing and intolerable and we need to take action and inform the authorities."
5. Reagan H Rowans, lecturer/attorney
"Crime is a social problem with deep roots in outdated social institutions (of all kinds). Responsible citizenship versus the threat of hell is a good starting point."
6. Moonilal Harricharan, pastor
"We need to do more in raising our young children better. We must have more programmes for the youths to keep them on the right path. A village was involved in raising a child to keep them straight. We need to become a more spiritual nation. Set good examples and correct and guide them. Leaders of the land must set the right examples, too."
7. Neressia Friday, UWI economics student
"In order to reduce crime we must first understand what motivates criminal behaviour in individuals. Understanding these motivators ( often accumulation of wealth) can help establish proper programmes to deter criminal activities and build well-rounded citizens."
8. Wesleyann Mitchell-Cooper, housewife/law student.
"The leaders of the political parties should strive to do things in the national interest and not in sectarian interest. Those in authority should create a database of all offenders to identify and monitor them."
Others who did not want to be named or photographed suggested changes in the law, decriminalizing petty matters and implementing fines or minor punishment, programmes to help in nation building, setting up register to monitor criminals and cracking down on illegal immigrants involved in white collar crimes.
Compiled by Omarine Nanan
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