The Trinidad Guardian / Victims of crime joined hands with residents of Central Trinidad in a march from Freeport to Chaguanas to denounce murders, robberies and home invasions in their district.

Over 200 people walked through drizzling rain along the Old Southern Main Road for over three-hours where they got support from residents who came out of their homes.

At the end of the march, Caroni Central MP Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie handed Sen Supt Inraj Balram, the head of the Police Service Central Division, a list of suggestions to implement to curtail criminal activity.

Dubbed the people’s march, the activity commenced shortly after 8 am at Three-Roads Junction in Freeport and ended at Woodford Lodge in Chaguanas, just off Ramsaran Street.

Tewarie had the support of Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan and Tabaquite MP Dr Surujrattan Rambachan. Balram also led a large contingent of police officers, including acting ASP Richard Smith, Insp Dane James of the Freeport Police Station during the march.

The letter presented to Balram noted that between September 9, 2017 (when the PNM assumed office) to June 11, 2018, there were 35 robberies in the Caroni Central constituency, several of them involving bandits armed with guns.

“We also have had since 2016, about one dozen murders, several of them yet unsolved. The invasion of homes, churches and temples has been a recent phenomenon which has escalated over the last year,” Tewarie said.

“We need to take back our country from the criminals. We need to stand together and help build and work with the police in a constructive way to combat crime and deal with the criminals,” he added.

Boodhan said the people are upset and added that there should be the implementation of certain measures including a gun amnesty and joint army/police patrols and searches.

Speaking with Guardian Media, a police officer assigned to the Central Division’s Inter-Agency Task Force said that officers are very concerned over the type of weaponry being used by criminals and also, the growing use of technology by bandits.

“We got wind that these bandits are conducting surveillance, monitoring people’s movements, checking for camera systems and moving in to disable it and using hi-tech technology to jam internet signals and phone lines when they are ready to strike. People should be alert and report all suspicious activities, people and vehicles in their areas. Do not turn a blind eye,” the officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, warned.

Tewarie also sent out letters to the Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon and acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams.


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