Opposition Leader Joe Harmon wants to see the Police come clean with the reality of the crime situation in the country.
With the Police Force recently indicating that serious crimes in Guyana are at their lowest in 10 years, the Opposition Leader said the figures may be presenting a false narrative as the Government fails to address security concerns in the country.
During a press conference, the Opposition Leader said citizens continue to complain daily about falling victims to criminal acts
“I think what is happening is that crime is a serious indicator of social and moral decay in your country. It’s a serious indicator of the investment climate in your country and to the extent of which those figures can be suppressed, it creates a very false image that everything is fine in Guyana” Mr. Harmon noted.
He explained that given that Guyana ranks in the Top 10 globally for crime, there appears to be some manipulation of the figures locally.
Additionally, Mr. Harmon said the Police and the Government are massaging the figures to make things look good for the government.
“They are massaging the figures to see what looks good for the Government but the crime situation in Guyana is bad and that is the reality. How could you explain under the bright lights, not far away from where the President lives a man can be gunned down, execution-style and up to now you find the car burnt up somewhere and you can’t get a single person before the Court. How can you explain only the other day, a doctor brutally killed and you have all sorts of crazy statements being made by people. How could you justify the Henry Brothers and Haresh Singh and the nonsense that came out of the police investigation.” Harmon said.
The Opposition Leader has now issued a call for the Police Force to step up its crime-fighting tactics.
“It seems as if the criminals have more rights than our citizens and so this is one of the reasons why they are suppressing these numbers to give the impression that all is fine but while you are doing that, you are giving license to the criminal elements”.
Earlier this week, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum revealed that the number of serious crimes is on the decline although it might not appear so.