Israeli Firm can Solve T&T’s Crime Problem in Weeks
Firstly, my heart felt condolences goes out to the families of the two young men that were brutally slain on their way home from school last week Thursday. The murdered teens have been identified as Denilson “Deeni” Smith of Mulrain Trace, Picton and Mark Richards, a 16 year old of Sogren Trace. Smith was 17 years old, and was an exemplary student of the Success Lavantille Secondary School as he excelled academically and also as a cricketer. He served as Captain of the School’s cricket team where he displayed true character and leadership.
In a swift response to these seemingly senseless and brutal slayings at 3:10 in the afternoon, the Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley has immediately and permanently reinstated joint police and army patrols. However, this is not an original initiative. It has been used in the past and has only afforded some temporary relief to “Hot Spots” such as Lavantille. These measures will only deal with the symptoms and not go to the root cause of the problem. Therefore, nationals will feel some measure of comfort for a while until the criminals figure out a way to work around these patrols and then more brazen acts of violence will then be perpetrated against persons as they go about their everyday lives. Crime seems to be a perennial problem that no political administration has been able to curb since the 1990 coup that left an indelible stain upon the history of T&T.
As news of these patrols spread, gangsters may be now seeking refuge in central Trinidad, especially since arch-crime fighter Senior Superintendent Johnnie Abraham is no longer on the scene there. This will cause a widening of the pain and death that these vagabonds inflict upon law abiding citizens.
For 2015, officials of the T&T Police Service (TTPS) indicated that they had removed over 600 illegal firearms from our streets. While their efforts are to be applauded and recognized as they put their lives at risk for our safety, what remains unclear is how many more firearms were imported as Trinidad remains a key transshipment stop for cocaine. Therefore as our boarders continue to remain very porous, the valiant efforts of the TTPS officers may just be a very dangerous act of futility. As the firearms are removed, they are just as quickly replaced with even more sophisticated and higher powered ones. A case and point is the weaponry that was used in the murder of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal. Ms. Seetahal was a prosecutor in the currently ongoing Vindra Naipaul-Coolman murder case.
The last serious and significant attempt to secure our coastlines was made in 2010 by former Prime Minister, Mr. Patrick Manning. Three long range Off-shore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) were ordered. Apparently, this move did not sit very well with the masters of the under-world as they saw their massively lucrative but illegal trade being seriously stymied. Hence a motion for a vote of no confidence was then made against Manning. Realizing that some of his very own parliamentary colleagues may have been compromised, and would vote against him, a snap General Election was called before the vote of no confidence could have been held.
Unfortunately, Manning’s PNM party lost this election and they went into opposition. Upon ascending to office the People’s Partnership (PP) moved with extreme haste to demonized the OPVs and had them cancelled, much to the relief of the drug lords. Tax Payers’ money was then squandered in taking legal action against the manufacturer of the OPVs. Although it was reported that the PP administration won the legal proceedings the candle costed more than the funeral. It is understood that Brazil was then the very happy recipient of these so called defective vessels.
The real losers here were the residents of T&T, firstly by lives lost over the last 5 years as illegal firearms continued to be imported and placed into the hands of criminals and secondly in the tax payers dollars that had to be spent trying to justify legally why these vessels had to be rejected. The two teenagers that were shot last week, as well as hundreds of others, may have still been alive if the OPVs were allowed to guard our coastlines, curb the importation of firearms and the transshipment of illegal drugs. But thanks to Auntie Kamla, firearms continued to flow onto our shores unabated over the last 5 years, she will now have to live with that legacy.
The present Prime Minister as well as the Minister of National Security both seem to be mum on the issue of protecting our coastlines. More emphasis seems to be on finishing the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in south Trinidad at a cost of TT$90 million and ensuring that carnival 2016 is a success at a cost of TT$270 million. To date, we are not sure if the new political administration has the will or conviction to secure our coastlines and really deal with the problem of escalating crime at the root. Just trimming the branches of a tree, only causes it to spring up bigger than before, this is called pruning. We must examine this situation ourselves and evaluate the cost our leaders pay to attain political office. One former prime minister indicated that he would have slept with the devil in order to gain power, maybe some of them have indeed done this dastardly act.
But, just in case they decide to put the lives of our youths, and by extension all nationals, above the interests of a few drug lords, here is my proposal and recommendation. When TSTT, the nation’s largest and oldest telecommunications provider wanted to introduce a home security monitoring service, namely Blink Vigilance, they sourced the best technology, which just happens to come out of Israel. This security equipment is made by Visonic. The following is quoted from their website: .“Visonic, part of the Tyco Security Products portfolio of brands, is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. Our home security products, manufactured in a 10,000m2 state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Kiryat Gat, Israel, are sold through a network of subsidiaries, distributors, and sales representatives in more than 100 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.”
Likewise, Trinidad and Tobago is a small twin island state when compared to Venezuela, Guyana and Columbia. We must now show the initiative to reinforce our coastlines in order to prevent the illegal importation of:
 Sex slaves
The following company has been identified as being able to comprehensively and effectively deal with all of our coastal boarder issues. The name of this company is:
Elbit Systems Land and C4I Ltd.
Location: 2 Ha’machshev St. Netanya 42507, Israel
“Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.”
This is what I believe T&T needs at this point in time. Please like and share this information and hopefully we can embarrass the government into action before we lose more bright stars before they can truly shine.