It’s a growing theme among online bloggers that the judicial system is too lenient on the perpetrators of crime in Dominica.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit apparently agrees.
He told parliament that the Ministry of Legal affairs will soon embark on a comprehensive review of the penalties associated with crimes, including theft and burglary.
Expressing the view that existing penalties may not be sufficient to deter would-be perpetrators, the prime minister said he expects that possible amendments will be put forward to Cabinet soon.
“It is a view that the penalties associated with crimes such as theft, robbery, burglary, may not be sufficient to deter would be perpetrators. The Ministry of Legal affairs will undertake a review and will advise Cabinet on possible amendments” PM Skerrit said.
He said crime prevention and reduction continues to be a high priority for his administration, and that initiatives geared at soliciting ideas from the public on how to address crime have been ongoing.
“As promised, we have been meeting with communities to discuss the matter of crime and efforts to address it. We have also increased surveillance in some of the problematic areas made possible with the appointment of an additional twenty special constables.”
He also acknowledged “the attempts by the private sector to partner with Government agencies in fighting crime.”
He announced too, that Government will provide support to members of the private sector wishing to install security cameras in various locations around the country.
“Government therefore will facilitate the efforts to install closed circuit cameras in strategic areas and as such, will allow security cameras and other related equipment to be imported free of duty,” the prime minister informed parliament.
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