BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - CONCERNS are mounting over safety and security in the Federation as a spate of robberies and gun violence on the streets have many expressing disgust.
The latest incident, robbery of a business establishment, has once again thrust crime and violence under the spotlight and into the national news sphere.
In their media report, police have indicated that the incident occurred in the week hours of Saturday (Mar. 11) at a business place in Old Road.
Preliminary findings from the police thus far have revealed that around 12:45 a.m. on the day in question, “an armed assailant approached an employee who was securing a business place. The assailant took the employee’s bag which contained several valuable items and a sum of cash and fled the scene on foot”.
Police noted that no one was injured during the incident, and they are now urging for anyone with information to provide same to the nearest police station.
Since the turn of the year, the Federation has recorded four homicides, which raised much public outcry.
The newly-appointed Commissioner of Police, James Sutton, during his first speech while assuming the position, has outlined a seven-prong strategic approach to deal with the crime and violence problems in the Federation.
Chief among his plan would be Evidence-base Crime Fighting and Community Policing to develop information gathering and stop the scourge.
“I wholeheartedly accept this herculean challenge and will diligently and conscientiously work to restore and maintain law and order, decency and pride to our beloved St.Kitts and Nevis,” said Sutton.
In addition, he promised to use Enhanced Crime Prevention Initiatives, Road Safety, Human Resource Development, better use of Technology, and ongoing collaboration with other agencies as his strategies to deal with the problem which raised its ugly head since the turn of the year.
“The Police Force cannot do the job of crime prevention by themselves. Partnerships must be forged with the community whom we serve. We are here to serve the public and I am optimistic, despite our current challenges, we will succeed in renewing policing by consent,” note Sutton.
He reassured that “the police will continue to play a huge role in ensuring that this standard is maintained by adopting evidence based tactics and hot spo t policing”.
But even as he seeks to reassure the public of their safety through his strategic plan, police had indicated to the media that many small incidents had gone unreported.