Minister Ramjattan urges businesses to go ‘plastic’
GINA, GUYANA, Monday, October 31, 2016
The Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan is encouraging members of the business community to secure their personal safety by using safer means of transacting their business.
“There are lots of people walking around with millions and millions of dollars. We want to go plastic, and I want the business community to go that way because it cuts the rate (of crime) down by 35 percent,” Minister Ramjattan said.
The Minister was responding to questions posed by media representatives at the opening of Road Safety Awareness Month today, at Parliament Square.
Meanwhile the Minister said that citizens should learn to trust the statistics issued by the Guyana Police Force (GPF).
“I would like you to take the statistics from the (Police) Commissioner, yes, indeed as against previous weeks in this year there has been an increase in gun violence, but as against last year it has been lower,” Minister Ramjattan said.
Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine at a press briefing on October 22 had indicated that there was an increase in armed robberies in ‘D’ Division but overall, over the last three years there has been a reduction.
At the end of September, serious crimes across the country were reportedly down 19 percent.
Minister Ramjattan said that his ministry has been working with the GPF to “as best as possible to deal with the situation” such as gun smuggling across the Brazilian border.
By Tiffny Rhodius