OROPOUCHE West MP Davendranath Tancoo in a statement on Friday said people are more important than peacocks as he called for more resources to fight crime.
His clear reference was to the case of a peacock knocked down and stolen from the Prime Minister’s farm in Tobago, leading to a probe by an acting deputy commissioner of police and referral to the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions.
In a statement calling for more resources for the police to fight crime, Tancoo declared, “Crime is not acceptable. Our citizens’ lives are infinitely more valuable than peacocks!” He said his constituency is under siege by criminals.
“The residents of Tulsa Trace, San Francique recently highlighted that they are living in fear due to an upsurge of crime in their neighbourhoods.
“Within the past six months, there has been a significant spike in break-ins and home invasions that have left the residents terrified for the safety of their families and properties. In response, they have been forced to protect their homes and their neighbours through community watch groups.”
Tancoo lamented a recent escalation in home invasions and robberies of businesses throughout the constituency which affects every citizen. “This is no way for tax paying citizens to have to live.”
He cited recent newspaper reports where police officers had publicly complained of insufficient resources such as personnel and equipment to deal effectively with the growing criminal threat.
“The blame for this rests squarely at the feet of the Government, Minister of National Security Stuart Young and the Prime Minister as the Head of the National Security Council who needs to get his priorities right and to heed the call of the police officers who are in dire need of resources to deal with the crime surge in the country.” Tancoo said Oropouche West needs more patrols to enhance police visibility, and improve crime prevention, detection and prosecution.