Nat Sec Minister and Top Cop meet with business groups to discuss crime

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    National Security Minister Stuart Young met with business groups this morning to hear their concerns on the crime situation.

    The Confederation of Regional Business Chambers along with the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association last week called for a meeting with the Minister.

    It came after they expressed concern about rising crime, which has led to many businesses revising their opening and closing times.

    In addition to this, the Chambers warned of consumers paying higher prices for goods and services due to businesses having to procure various security measures.

    Top Cop Gary Griffith who was also at the meeting spoke about increase operations across the country, the TTPS’s enhanced E999 emergency response team, and the reactivation of the Police Service Coastal Patrol Unit.

    Also discussed was efforts to enhance the security of T&T’s borders; avenues for information sharing between business groups and the TTPS, including CCTV surveillance systems; and continued Joint Police and Army patrols in areas across the country.

    Business groups present at the meeting:
    • The San Juan Business Association
    • The Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Industry and Commerce
    • The Arima Business Association
    • Tthe Sangre Grande Chamber of Commerce
    • The Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce
    • The Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce
    • The Gasparillo Chamber of Commerce
    • The Greater San Fernando Chamber of Commerce
    • The Penal/Debe Chamber of Commerce
    • The Fyzabad Chamber of Commerce
    • Tthe Cunupia Business Chamber
    • The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA).
    • Crime Stoppers Trinidad and Tobago was also present.