As we are aware crime in St. Lucia continues to be a cause of concern. Something as little as a comment can make you a criminal. Below are a few questions to ask yourself.
•Why do people become criminals? What are the causes of crime? Are some people born bad or do they become criminals as a consequence of the environment?
• Are the cinema and television responsible in any way for crime? If so, in what way?
•If people’s genes, environment and television are the causes of people’s criminality – is the person to blame? They are not responsible for any of these factors, so why do we punish them?
•What do you think the most common crime in your country is?
•Should police in your country be stricter or less strict?
•Is your country a safe country?
•Have you ever seen a crime? (Don’t talk about it if it’s too upsetting for you.)
•Do you think criminals can change?
•Is shoplifting common in your country?
•What kind of people shoplift and what kinds of things do they steal?
•Does your country have a big organized crime group like the mafia?
•Have you ever met someone from a mafia?
•What is the best way for police to keep neighborhoods safe?
•Can you tell if a kid will grow up to be a criminal?
We all know that while not every crime can be avoided, you can help the odds by being as alert and prepared as possible when on the street. So please be aware of your personal “space.” Attackers often “test” potential victims by judging how they react; passively or assertively; when their area of comfortable space is invaded. We all need to act alert and confident.
Stranger danger. We should void conversations with strangers who look suspicious. If you feel you have to answer, do so simply but firmly, and keep walking. Some drivers have had criminals mugging them while driving or in a short traffic stop so be cautious of pedestrians asking you for directions while you are in your car. Keep your doors locked and windows up.
If someone appears to be taking too great an interest in you, seems to be following you, or if you just feel nervous about anyone for any reason, don’t tell yourself it’s only your imagination ; TAKE ACTION. Change directions, cross the street, use the emergency phones if possible, and move toward a place of greater safety: people, stores, traffic, and lighted areas. Some of those tips will help you.
In St. Lucia criminals think they are smarter than you but trust me you are smarter so step up and rise. AVOID CRIME.
Let’s start a new conversation about crime in St. Lucia. Send us your views on the matter, either by answering the various questions posed in our introductory article or by giving us your own insights into the topic.
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