Our Readers' Opinions
August 26, 2016
Reduce crime!

Editor: A man or youth gets deported from the USA, Canada, England, or elsewhere. Why did he get deported to St Vincent? Was it because he committed a crime? If so, what is being done by the Government, in cooperation with the Police Force, to monitor the incoming criminal? Could more be done in this matter? {{more}}

A number of gun-related crimes and others are carried out by deportees who have committed crimes in countries from which they were expelled. Hence, I politely call on the relevant authorities to step up in this area. In some Caribbean countries, a returning criminal is closely monitored. Can the police obtain the fingerprints of these criminals, and do other things that may help keep track of them? Can the criminals be strictly required to attend an institution for counselling, aimed at making them more useful citizens? Can they be trained to do useful things with their hands – crafts, carpentry, cookery, art, plumbing etc, becoming self-employed or otherwise? The Government can find out from other countries anywhere what they do with criminal deportees to effectively reduce crime in their countries. The foregoing can apply to local criminals likewise.

Of course, crime will not be completely solved. Only God, through His Kingdom, will do so, as shown at Psalm 37: 9 – 11. Then abundant peace will prevail. This is God’s promise to those who do His Will. 1 John 2:17. Get to know the Truth and practise it. 1 Timothy 2: 3, 4; John 4: 23, 24; Matthew 24: 14; 1 Corinthians 9:16. In the meantime, following the above suggestions may help the authorities to reduce crime significantly.