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Bahamas crime costing $434 million, TCI must not get there

Albray Buterfield Jr

Providenciales, TCI, February 21, 2017 -Two remedies are suggested by a vocal businessman when it comes to curbing crime in the country; ‘government political will’ and ‘zero tolerance.’   Albray Butterfield has taken to social media to pen some eye popping facts on the cost of crime to nearby countries.

Butterfield cited both Jamaica and The Bahamas, and what the Inter American Development Bank or IDB quantifies as the cost of crime to countries’ GDPs.   The escalation in crime has cost The Bahamas 4.79% of its GDP or a staggering $434 million dollars, while Jamaica’s cost is listed at 3.99% of GDP or $400 million dollars. It was explained that the report, published earlier this month, finds The Bahamas to be above the regional average when it comes to income lost; second only to Trinidad and Tobago.

Butterfield said this in providing the attachment of the full IDB report, and tagging the key TCI leaders in his post that, “If the Governments of the #UK, and Turks and Caicos Islands do not take the steady “Rise in Crime” in the Turks and Caicos Islands serious, and stop paying “Lip Service” to this outrageous crime problem the Turks and Caicos Islands inhabitants now face, attached is what the People and Businesses of the Turks and Caicos Islands have to look forward to within the not too distant future.” 

Butterfield also says CCTV cameras alone will not solve the crime problem.

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