By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader, David Granger has again expressed alarm at the gun related crimes of recent in society.
Granger believes most of the weapons used to carry out violent crimes in Guyana are illegally smuggled into the country and in this regard he reiterated his call for tightened border control mechanism to be put in place by the authorities.
“There about three armed robberies every day and the APNU have called for stricter border controls, we feel that gun running is a serious offense and it leads to gun crimes in other parts of the country outside of the border,” he told iNews.
It was noted that Guyana’s borders are extremely porous and can be easily penetrated and urgent action is needed to be taken to prevent this influx of illegal firearm into the country.
Granger’s concern arose following the recent robbery of a businessman on Sheriff and Duncan Streets. The 21 – year – old gunman – Kevin Fields – was subsequently shot and killed by the businessman.
Fields Facebook Page revealed him posting numerous photos of guns and ammunition.
The Guyana Police Force has recorded a five percent drop in total serious crimes this year when compared to last year. The total number of reports of serious crimes made between January 01 and May 31, 2014, was 1,605 compared to 1,523 for the same period in 2013.
According to the Police Force, the decrease occurred even though there were increases in four of the serious crimes monitored. Among the serious crimes policed by the Force are murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, robbery with aggravation, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape, and kidnapping.
Statistics show that that there were 316 robbery underarms cases with the use of a firearm, while there were 157 reports of robbery underarms with the use of other instruments.