The prob­lem of crime did not pop up overnight

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

MEM­BER OF PAR­LIA­MENT: Dr Ho­race Chang CON­STITUENCY: St James North West

ST JAMES NORTH Western MP, Dr Ho­race Change, not­ing the lev­els of crime be­dev­illing his con­stituency and parish, be­moaned the lack of at­ten­tion he said is placed on causes in their early stages of de­vel­op­ment.

“Most times, no­body pays at­ten­tion to the prob­lems, which will ex­tend to other ar­eas of Ja­maica and in the ur­ban cen­tre, ex­cept when you get the kind of vi­o­lence that is emerg­ing now and you get all the self-right­eous and bright peo­ple hav­ing all kinds of so­lu­tion and blam­ing ev­ery­thing at the feet of author­ity; police, politi­cians and oth­ers,” he ar­gued.

Con­tin­u­ing, he said: “As soon as you get the mat­ter back un­der con­trol, they dis­ap­pear and find a


mat­tress some­where, and the prob­lems that are fundamental to the causes of the crime and vi­o­lence and dys­func­tion re­main.

“Mon­tego Bay did not evolve into the kind of prob­lems we have overnight.”

St James has been reel­ing from months of gang war­fare linked to the lot­tery scam­ming that has pushed the num­ber of mur­ders so far this year to over 200, the most by any parish.

Chang ar­gued that the in­for­mal econ­omy in the tourism cap­i­tal is “huge” and marginalised youth are eas­ily drawn to the crim­i­nal un­der­world.

“The emerg­ing of this free, will econ­omy is that in­di­vid­u­als who are on their own par­tic­i­pate in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties to drive their life­style, and we have to find a way to re­solve this. Polic­ing alone won’t do it, “he said, not­ing that last Wed­nes­day marked five days with­out any shoot­ing in the parish.

He also called for co­op­er­a­tion among so­cial ser­vices in tack­ling prob­lems be­cause cur­rently, he said, they do not “talk” to each other. Police and sol­diers were busy pa­trolling sections of Mon­tego Bay, St James

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