This is according to Premier Vance Amory, who was speaking in the wake of two incidents over the Easter weekend that left one dead and another nursing a stab wound to the body.
According to Amory, the Nevis Island Administration and the Federal Government will take very strong steps to investigate these crimes and those that have stayed on the books undetected.
“I think the prime minister, based on our discussions, has indicated a zero tolerance to crime, and I am sure, having spoken to the high commissioner of the United Kingdom and to the ambassador to the United States, that he will make serious requests for assistance to deal with the issue of crime in St. Kitts and Nevis…I think our purpose certainly is to do all in our power to deal with crime and to stamp it out, eradicate it, and certainly continue to have zero tolerance to crime in Nevis and also in St. Kitts,” Premier Amory said.
Amory, who is also the minister with responsibility for Nevis Affairs, noted that crime in any form would diminish the image of both islands for both visitors and investors.
Mr. Amory reminded that any incident of crime could tarnish the image of Nevis and St. Kitts and also has the potential to reduce the perception of people who want to visit or invest.
To this end, the federal minister indicated that it was critical for the development and economic growth of the Federation, where a safe and secure environment is needed, so that those who invest would know that their investment is safe, and they can enjoy the beautiful islands.
Just recently, Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Dr. Timothy Harris met with officers of the Police Force to listen to their concerns, and he reminded them that they are the ones who have to keep the streets of St. Kitts and Nevis safe.
He has also condemned the killings of youths in the federation, noting that those perpetrators would be brought to justice.
On Friday, 10th April, another young man was shot in Basseterre.