Crime has been a hot button topic in Trinidad and Tobago for a long time now. The public has been calling out for a crime plan to deal with what seems to be an incurable situation. Before we ask others to fix a problem in society, we need to ask ourselves if we are doing our part. Here are some practices that everyone should be doing to help restore order in T&T.
Practise what you preach
Adults constantly judge the generation that follows them, yet they do not demonstrate the principles for which they frequently call. How many of us can honestly say that we adhere to the watchwords of Trinidad and Tobago, “Discipline, Tolerance and Production”?
We all have a responsibility to instill in our children values that would make them modelled citizens. We must be examples by our actions. We can’t be indulging in illegal activities and assume that our children would do as we say and not as we do. When our children grow up seeing the wrong activities as normal it is only logical for them to assume that it is okay to follow suit. Let us live the lives that we teach our children.
Obey the law
As a nation we need to adhere to the letter of the law. People have an attitude towards the law that apparently has a grey area that causes them to think, “It just doesn’t apply to me.”
For years, the highway speed limit has been 80 km/hr which has never been taken seriously by drivers. Recently, this law was enforced and suddenly, there have been calls to increase the speed limit from members of the public. So, although the law has always stated that the fastest you can drive is 80 km/hr, drivers seem to be having a difficult time trying to do so as you can see them speeding, slowing down when approaching police vehicles at the roadside, and then speeding again.
Also, it looks like some drivers believe that the 80 km speed limit also applies to back streets and residential areas. All drivers need to do is know the law and comply with it. This goes for everything else.
Make crime your problem
Some of us believe it is only a problem when it affects us directly. “If someone is being killed out of my area it is not my problem.” We must always remember the old saying, “When your neighbour’s house is on fire, carry water to your own.”
Trinidad and Tobago is relatively a small place and what affects one neighbourhood will soon spill over into yours. We need to do our part as individuals because crime affects all of us. When our community shopkeeper has to employ a security guard in fear of being robbed by bandits, his operating costs go up.
In turn the prices of his goods increase to cover this additional expense. In the end, we the consumers pay for it. Change your mindset, talk to your neighbours, and start planning together how you are going to make your community a safe place to live.
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