HOUSING Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal said it is the intention of the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) to install Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) throughout HDC estates and more so in those that are considered crime hotspots.
The minister was commenting on a joint police and army exercise conducted in the East Port-of-Spain area yesterday following a spate of murders last week. Moonilal said yesterday’s exercise followed several meetings involving the security services and the Ministry of Housing.
“It is up to the police to handle the matter in the way they see fit but also within the law,” Moonilal said.
“That’s one of the reasons why when I asked during the week what was happening, the police said they were compiling evidence and building a case against persons who they believe to be involved in criminal activity. I take note and commend the police on the work they have done. It is work that is needed to rescue Port-of-Spain from the clutches of criminal elements that have run amok particularly in the HDC estates.”
Moonilal was speaking during a walkathon and health fair organised by the Hillcrest Gardens Homeowners’ Association. The organisation was formed last year to address the concerns of, and build stronger ties among, residents in the HDC’s Hillcrest Gardens located at Retrench Village, San Fernando. READ MORE