Berbice business community concerned with spike in crime

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Police-300x189[] – The central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce (CCCC) in Berbice is calling on President of Guyana, David Granger, Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan and Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud to urgently tackle the climbing crime rate in Berbice, specifically Region 6.

In a statement issued, the CCCC wants the APNU+AFC government to pay attention to the crime rate and have justice served rather than giving more attention to the Forensic audits that are being conducted presently.

“People would not be too concerned of all the talks and disclosures of ‘Forensic Audits’ if their relatives [are] being killed and their business [earnings] are being seized by gun toting bandits,” the statement declared.

The CCCC noted that it is “extremely alarmed at the spate of unprecedented levels of crimes being committed in Berbice,” pointing out that “the already depressing business environment in Berbice, is exasperated by the present situation.”

According to the CCCC, the situation would be a great deterrent for visiting overseasbased Guyanese who would contribute to the Berbice economy.

The chambers which has been around for over a decade, expressed concern at the increasing reports of “Teenage criminals snatching chains and cellphones with increasing alacrity”; while stating that gunmen seem to be carrying out their acts as police intervention is limited while the acts are being committed.

According to the chambers, police would seems “unwilling or demotivated to act” while the crimes are being committed. Police statistics have confirmed that there have been a rise in criminal activities across the country.



  1. The Guyanese public should start using a lot of surveillance cameras in and around the business premises and the police force should also invest in some and more police patrol around the country. Even though some bandits will use mask when entering homes and businesses please they are robbing they will not be expected to be seen in the public with them so the cameras or as we call them in the UK big brother will see them on the move and pick them up.


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