We need to get our crime detection rate higher and have a concerted approach to crime fighting if we are to have a society that is free of crime and violence. This was the synopsis of Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) member and Nevis 11 representative, Patrice Nisbett
We need to get our crime detection rate higher and have a concerted approach to crime fighting if we are to have a society that is free of crime and violence. This was the synopsis of Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) member and Nevis 11 representative, Patrice Nisbett, as he made his presentation to Parliament during the budget hearing, on December 17.
Nisbett’s comments come despite repeated claims by Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon. Timothy Harris, that crime is trending downwards and his citing of a decrease in gun related crimes in areas where there are closed circuit television (CCT) cameras.
Opposition member Nisbett blurted out the need to get the crime detection rate higher, during an exchange with government representatives in Parliament, who indicated that the local crime detection rate is higher than that of the United States.
Nisbett noted that whereas there has been an increase of monies allocated to fighting crime that has not translated into satisfactory levels of safety and security in our twin island state.
While challenging the government to get the statistics higher, Nisbett noted the need for a concerted approach to crime fighting, that is inclusive of discontinuing the entrenched partisan and flawed approach to addressing crime and violence.
Nisbett indicated that the government should stop vilifying the opposition and focus more on focus more on the offerings of help to fight crime made by the opposition.
The NRP representative expressed the need for high rates in the detection of crime and swift and efficient prosecution of criminals and punishment for offenders if we are to have a potent crime fighting plan.
He also warned that high incidents of crime negatively impact the economy and a bad economy influences and leads to incidents of crime.
Nisbett’s strong advocacy for a sustained fight against crime and violence comes in the wake of a number of robberies and housebreakings in Nevis, including violent attacks against two prominent businessmen.