St. Augustine MP calls for more security as Chinese restaurant robbed

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St. Augustine MP calls for more security as Chinese restaurant robbed

Member of Parliament for St. Augustine Khadijah Ameen is calling on the Minister of National Security to work with stakeholders to beef up security in the area following a series of robberies in the constituency.

This comes on the heel of the emergence of CCTV footage of a brazen gunpoint robbery at Wing Hua Chinese Restaurant at Watts Street, St. Augustine, close to the University of the West Indies.

In the 58 second video posted to Alert TT’s Facebook page, two robbers are seen going behind the counter and hassling one of the employees. She eventually gives them money from the cash register while they continue to search the place.

Ameen says this is the latest in a series of break-ins and robberies that have caused constituents anguish and terror.

“Members of the business community have been taking extra security precautions such as installing CCTV cameras and barricades, employing security guards, the use of bodyguards, all of which are an additional cost to their business in a time when sales are low due to Covid-19 pandemic,” she said.

She added that businessmen are willing to meet with police officers to strategize a way forward.

Ameen is calling on the Government to give all the relevant support and resources to the TTPS and Municipal Police to fight against crime at this time.

She is also willing to cooperate and work together with all agencies and stakeholders in the interest of putting an end to the crime spree in her constituency.

She urged residents and business owners in the constituency not to be afraid. That they must make police reports and speak out when they fall victim to crime.