Alexander: Symposium should be focused on rising cost of living which is fueling crime

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Alexander: Symposium should be focused on rising cost of living which is fueling crime

Political Leader of the Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP) Phillip Alexander is questioning why the government is today hosting a CARICOM crime symposium, when they should be focusing on a symposium on the rising cost of living, as crime is a symptom of poverty.

In a statement prior to the launch of the symposium this morning at the Hyatt Regency, Alexander asked: “Why aren’t we growing food? Why are bank fees depleting depositors’ resting funds? Why are the costs of basic hardware materials and medications so high?”

Alexander said, “You want to tackle crime but ignoring the number one driver of crime? If people cannot live, what are they to do, die? The well-being of all citizens is the function of government. The purpose of government. People with incomes and responsibilities don’t have time for crime. The prices of homes whether rented or mortgaged should be affordable so that all who want one could get one. That one thing would protect the family and end all the crime.”

He said the cost of living should preoccupy every state office.

“This country was far too rich to have so many people this poor,” Alexander said.

He said the government should be focusing on reducing the costs of food, housing and medications and establish financial service regulations that protect depositors from rapacious banking fees.

He said, “Crime in Trinidad is a symptom of poverty and the narcotics trade. Secure the borders both legitimate ports and the coastline. Every pleasure craft port should be paying for customs and immigration officers. Sonar buoys and drones could do what the Coast Guard won’t.”

“And you can’t bribe a drone,” Alexander added.

The PEP leader said more guns in society and militarizing the police were not the solutions.
“The stoppage of the inflow of guns into the country and discouraging young people from having to choose a life of crime would greatly diminish the number of guns in the country.”
“It could be fixed. We just have to want to,” Alexander said.