Reports of a reduction in crime in Port of Spain are coming from business people in the capital city.
During the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s launch of its annual Safe City crime initiative for the Christmas season yesterday, Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) president Gregory Aboud said businesses had noticed the reduction which, he believed, was due to a heightened police presence in and around the city.
Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee accompanied Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams and other members of the Police Service top brass on a short tour of the capital .
Speaking to the media, Williams said he believes that the presence of uniformed police officers was a major deterrent to criminal acts being committed and therefore for yet another year, additional police officers will man the streets of Port of Spain for the hectic Christmas season as part of the TTPS’s Safe city initiative.
“We intend to make sure the city is safe by our continuous presence of positive action enforcement of the law and also by creating a balance so that citizens can readily appreciate the police and other partner agencies and their responsibility,” Williams said.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (North West) Stephen Ramsubhag also urged members of the public to be on their guard in Port of Spain.
“To the shoppers I advise you to be careful in displaying expensive jewelry ,large amounts of cash , be alert be vigilant especially at ATM machines,” Ramsubhag said.
Aboud praised the efforts of the acting Police Commissioner and his executive team.
“To the credit of you Mr Commissioner ,Mr Ramsubhag and your team , we are seeing a reduced number with respect to day time assault with respect to the question of robbery and so on,” Aboud said.