#Providenciales, August 1, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – “While I accept that criminal activities are asymmetrical and law enforcement cannot predict when and where criminals will strike, we cannot allow criminal cowards to cause us to recoil into residential fortresses after dark. We must now come together and take our streets and neighbourhoods back. Drastic situations call for drastic actions.”
There have been two murders in under a week, multiple reports of gun shots fired and two brazen armed robberies where a popular down town business was robbed and a man car-jacked and shot by his assailant. On Tuesday night, a 21-year old man was killed in a shooting on South Dock road.
“I sympathise with his family on their lost and with all who have recently lost loved ones to gun violence. However, this trend must not be accepted as normal in our islands.”
Among the suggestions by the Office of the Leader of the Opposition were: Make available through supplementary appropriation additional resources to increase police presence in the communities and places where violent crimes are reoccurring; Penalise establishments with a history of violence or its property by cancelling operating licences and Consider limited curfews at unsociable hours of the night in certain at-risk communities.
The full statement of Wednesday July 31, 2019 issued by the LOO is posted at MagneticMediaTV.com.