14 May 2010

Take that…

“Trinidad and Tobago is the murder capital of the Caribbean,” screamed a recent report in Global Travel Industry News, an industry publication. The United Kingdom authorities have warned: “You should be aware that there are high levels of violent crime, especially shooting and kidnappings.” A US travel advisory states: “Violent crimes, including assault, kidnapping for ransom, sexual assault and murder, have involved foreign residents and tourists (and) incidents have been reported involving armed robbers trailing arriving passengers from the airport and accosting them in remote areas.” Trinidad and Tobago has an average murder rate of 55 per 100,000, making it “one of the most dangerous places in the world.”

The comparative rates in the UK and Canada are two per 100,000. Two homicides in the American city of Chicago yesterday took the figure to 100. Chicago has a population of 2.8 million people. The homicide statistics are a blistering political and media issue in that city. The murder figure in T&T — with less than half Chicago’s population — is racing to 200 at a staggering pace of more than one a day.

The Trinidad Guardian