“Government must immediately address the unacceptable levels of Crime in Central Trinidad.”
This according to Ravi Ratiram, Member of Parliament for Couva North.
Ratiram, in a release, said crime in Central is once again on the upswing and is calling on the government to move swiftly.
He said “two days ago, a McBean, Couva family was tormented by masked gunmen who forcibly entered their home in the early morning. This follows a spate of home invasions in Central, with robbery being the main motive.”
Ratiram said “with each passing day, reports of praedial larceny theft, break-ins and burglary continue to reach my office, much of which remains absent from the media, mainly because victims of crime do not report these occurrences. Much of what the TTPS does in criminal detection and crime-fighting is information driven, and I therefore encourage all victims of crime in whatever form, to please report such to the respective and/or relevant authorities.”
“In the 2021 National Budget that was recently passed in Parliament, the Government appropriated over $2.5 BILLION to the Ministry of National Security. This follows a cumulative five-year allocation towards National Security of almost $19 BILLION between 2015–2020. It would certainly not be unreasonable to ask what exactly has the PNM accomplished with respect to improving the level of safety and security for law-abiding citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, having spent $19 BILLION behind National Security,” said Ratiram.
Ratiram claims that the constituency of Couva North, and surrounding constituencies are now under siege by criminal elements and says the Central Division of the TTPS are in dire need of additional support, by way of vehicles and human resources.
He is calling the Minister of National Security to “protect our citizens’ constitutional rights and serve the people.”