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Moss Calls For National Anti-Crime Strategy

BAHAMAS Against Crime Executive Director Rev C B Moss yesterday called for a comprehensive national anti-crime strategy, noting that the scourge of crime has continued to ravage Bahamian society.

In a press statement Rev Moss said over the years the many strategies implemented by previous administrations have failed.

He called on Bahamians to help repair the issue.

“Under the cover of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has dominated the local news for nearly two years, the scourge of crime has been ravishing our society,” Rev Moss said of the situation.

“This is especially true concerning homicides which today, according to our figures, is significantly more than the total for the year 2020, and there appears to be no slowing down.

“In spite of assurances from official quarters it is quite obvious that a comprehensive national anti-crime strategy is desperately needed. The many police strategies implemented over the years are clearly inadequate, and have failed.

“The police alone will not succeed, nor will the politicians alone. Crime is a societal problem, and only when all sectors of society are engaged in a collective effort will we see any meaningful progress. We can do it, with strong principled leadership.

“Let’s fix it.”

On Sunday night police said a murder happened on Murray Street, Sunshine Park.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Audley Peters said police were following significant leads in the matter.

“Police were called to Murray Street, Sunshine Park, sometime after 8pm as a result of a report received of gunshots in this community,” he said.

“On the arrival of the first responders they were directed to the western side of a house where they discovered the body of a male lying on the ground unresponsive.

“Emergency medical services responded and following their examination of the male he was pronounced lifeless.”

Last week a man was shot multiple times in broad day light in Bimini.

The man remains in critical condition in hospital and one of two men involved in the incident is in police custody.

Comments

John 1 week, 6 days ago

‘Let’s fix it’ must include ‘Let’s defemeinize it!’ Government, Education, Social Services, The Church. ALL these institutions have been feminized, by design and cater to women at the exclusion of the average male. For example there are many males who are single parents and in need of social assistance or even men who need social assistance for themselves. But the services cater mostly to females, a woman applying for assistance is ten times more likely to receive it than a male. Same in the job market. Many jobs discriminate against the Bahamian male and some totally exclude them from employment altogether. So we’ll yea, ok not everyone wants to put on shiny shoes and a necktie and work in an office. So if you want to operate a jet ski or heavy equipment or lawn services, you are either a thug or a school dropout. Very little training or financial assistance is offered in these fields. Even the education system is skewed. At grade 9 or 10, an individual already knows what his goals are. And if they, males or females decide they want to get into industry rather than continue formal training ( BGCSE etc) then schools should be designed to allow them to transit into this form of education, rather than continue in strictly academic subjects and not be able to graduate high school , it would then be able for that individual to access institutions like BTVI. Then, of course, the gun and the gang culture must be attacked and dismantled. It is a learned and unacceptable behavior. People learn the consequences of actions by being educated against it repeatedly and at an early age. More effort must be put into teaching proper social behavior in schools. And since driving is almost an essential requirement in society, no student should leave high school without having at least one semester Of Drivero Ed. And more preferably a drivers license. Put meaning in learning. Put programs in place where a person is ‘automatically’ registered to vote at the age of 28, rather than the individual have to drag documents from office to office and never get it done. Same with passport and driver’s license renewal. Most of these things can be done at Post offices where o are available to assist with online applications when it is available.

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John 1 week, 6 days ago

Are all the sirens necessary in the inner -city almost all day, everyday? Or it’s an overkill? Sometimes one gets the impression they are in Chicago or Harlem it The Bronx.

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John 1 week, 6 days ago

At least Bahamians, many, enjoyed almost two years of some form of curfews or lockdown that made them feel safe or have some sense of security during sleeping hours. But as the country has fully reopened and Bahamians are given their freedoms back, so we’re the criminals. Many businesses still close at sunset or earlier than usual and even the drive home USA challenge. Not only the reckless and offensive driving, but there are persons on the streets looking for victims to commit crimes on. Some use the rental vehicles and try creating situations, like bumping another vehicle, to force them to stop. Then the occupants of the unsuspecting vehicle are robbed.

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joeblow 1 week, 6 days ago

... the best anti- crime strategy is a strong, stable family with responsible parents who teach sound moral values and respect for others to their children! Learning respect for authority begins at home, and none of that has anything to do with government!

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FrustratedBusinessman 1 week, 6 days ago

Fix the family unit first. Children only imitate their parents.

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