The problem of crime did not pop up overnight
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