Serious Crime is down in T&T?

The full page ads scream that serious crime in T&T in 2014 has been reduced to levels last seen in the first decade of the 21st century in T&T. This performance then demands re-election of the present government and praises for the broken windows man/minister of national in/security. But whilst serious crime reportedly collapse we are now in a murder wave apparently pushed by a bid to make up for time lost during the state of emergency. What must be understood is that serious crime has to be reported to the police and the police duly record said report and act upon it for the event to hopefully make it to the statistics. Other than that the police has to witness the event and act thereon for it to become a recorded event. Will you report an event to the police in an environment where since the  decade of the 1990s witnesses have been silenced with impunity to this day? Will you expose yourself to a judicial system that is constipated at best exposing yourself in a court process that can last years and you are open to the predation of the bad boys? Will you report a serious crime to a police structure that is viewed at best with suspicion as you are exposed to stories passed down via trusted networks of bad experiences arising with  contact with the police service? The reality that operates presently that must be accepted by those in the so-called licit structure is that because of the realities that exist a thriving, vibrant illicit justice structure now operates  in T&T. Victims of crime with the contacts and resources to afford the services of this illicit justice system simply don´t bother to report a crime to the police they simply go to the illicit structure and solve their problem.’Those who resort to Alleyne simply don´t have the resources  or don´t want to pay the price for service. And persons from the licit structure are players in the illicit game. Serious crime is also impacted by the measures applied by prospective victims to harden themselves as targets. Those of us in the Corridor have gone through predation since the decade of the 1970s and have responded by constantly altering our strategic lifestyle. If you are now telling us that the level of serious crime has collapsed we need to know where or the new geography of serious crime in T&T. But why is serious crime in retreat and murder especially murder by gun escalating? This is not unique to T&T in the Caribbean as island governments under political pressure over escalating violence are now chanting the same political mantra: serious crime down but murder up. It is only Jamaica that is reporting both serious crime and murders down and is supplying a geographical distribution picture. To attempt to explain the continuing rise in the murder level whilst accepting the position that serious crime has in fact collapsed is in fact a fallacious position to adopt. With an oversupply of illicit firearms and ammunition on the market and impunity afforded by a tottering criminal justice system why will I armed and dangerous not put down wuk on victims all in a row? Why wouldn´t I travel the twin island state seeking out victims? The broken windows man is insisting that Bratton and Guliani can  in fact teach us how to handle our crime problem. But both of them have no experience in policing in the largest illicit drug transition zone in the world today. Check the  record in Mexico. Under both of them New York city is the most profitable poly illicit drug market in the US today. Demand in NY is sucking in product from California to New Mexico because of the level of demand and the drug prices as a result. The Mexican cartels are in the Caribbean island chain to move product to that same NY market created by the splurge of resources post September 2001 to deal with the supposed terrorist threat leaving the drug traffickers high and dry to run riot in the most lucrative drug supermarket in the US today. Now they are hurling the remaining manpower not at organised crime in NY but black males selling cigarettes on the street on Staten Island and shooting an unarmed black male on a project stairwell whilst the bad boys rule the self same project and they don´t go up against them. The agenda of these persons and those like them have literally handed the NY drug markets to the Mexican cartels and their affiliates. The record of broken windows in the US is policing of minorities for minor offences whilst the organised crime players run riot. It is the policing of minorities whilst the areas they inhabit become gentrified forcing them out. East Dry River in the house? It does not deal with oragnised drug trafficking. How is it then going to do that in the home of drug trafficking: the Caribbean basin? The consultants hired B&G have then contributed to creating a problem in NY which is now impacting US negatively but we are paying them to come and tell US how to solve the problem they helped to create. Time for me to ride out. Pax Mexicana

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