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  • Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting says that Government is making “significant headway” in the fight against crime.
  • The Minister said statistics indicate that there has been a major reduction in violent crimes and criminal activities.
  • He pointed out that one main objective of the Unite for Change workshops, is to empower citizens to formulate safety plans for their respective areas.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting says that Government is making “significant headway” in the fight against crime.

The Minister, who was addressing a Unite for Change forum in Westmoreland Thursday, August 14, said statistics indicate that there has been a major reduction in violent crimes and criminal activities across the island over the last few years.

“We have recorded 106 less murders up to Sunday, August 10, when compared with this time of the year (in 2013). If we go back to 2010 at this time of the year, the figures have indicated that compared to this year, we would have lost some 365 persons less to violent crimes.

“I want to share these statistics with you as sometimes, we tend to think that the violence issue is more than we can handle and that we will never overcome this … but in truth and in fact, we have made significant headway,” he stated.

The forum, held at the Mannings School grounds in Savanna-La-Mar, was the third in a series of sessions aimed at creating partnerships with citizens in making communities safer.

“Essentially, we are targeting parishes that, over the last few years, have shown high, violent crime rates, and we are therefore engaging communities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the broadest cross section of society… to basically create partnerships to address the many different factors that contribute to violent crimes,” Minister Bunting said.

He pointed out that one main objective of the Unite for Change workshops, is to empower citizens to formulate safety plans for their respective areas.

“One of the deliverables from the forum is that each community should at least have the framework/outline showing the basic safety plan, indicating the gaps, and what they think need to be done in the communities to reduce violence,” Minister Bunting explained.

The final Unite for Change workshop for the year is scheduled to be held in Clarendon at a date to be announced.

Launched in December 2013, Unite for Change seeks to rekindle hope in the society and mobilise law-abiding citizens to work together as a united front against crime.

Among the measures developed to empower citizens in the fight against crime, is a mobile application to enable persons to alert the police, report crime, or seek assistance.