National Security Minister, Fitzgerald Hinds, went all out on the Opposition United National Congress (UNC) on Friday, during a private motion debate on the Failure to Prevent a Surge in Criminal Activity.
Hinds, during a heated session, denied being incompetent in his post and said crime was “nothing new” in T&T.
He said Opposition leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, during her time as Prime Minister, had many persons fill his current seat and at one time, had a man as National Security Minister who was wanted by international law enforcement.
Hinds said the allegations of an increase in crime, as evidenced by “bodies in cars, robberies and break-ins,” were not new or unique to the People’s National Movement Government.
“Those unfortunately are not new to Trinidad and Tobago. Those are not unique to our terms in Government, these crimes have been committed in T&T from the birth of this nation and most certainly when they (UNC) were the government of T&T, so what is all that about?” Hinds asked.
Hinds provided data over the past two years as evidence that there was no “rapid or out and out increase in murders” and he pointed to a “significant decrease” in break-ins in T&T.
“In 2021 there were 1,510 break-ins, whilst in 2020 there were 1,736,” he said, noting back in 2017 this figure had crossed the two thousand mark.