He was at the time answering questions from the media, at his monthly briefing on 28th April. The question was reflective of claims made by the opposition party representatives. But, Prime Minister Harris scoffed at the idea.
“I would say that we have never made crime a political football. Crime was and will continue to be a matter of concern for the citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis,” he said.
Making reference to several islands whose homicide rates are lower than the federation’s, Harris indicated that the administration questions what more can be done to stem the flow of criminal activities.
“As it is, wherever there has been an upsurge in crime in any country, we have asked the important questions of the administration and of the security forces. We continue to ask ourselves what more can we do and what better can we do to deliver the safety. Because, yes, crime is there, and some crime will always be there,” Harris explained.
Harris said he doesn’t have an issue with people expressing how they feel about the situation.
“I want our citizens, when they feel unsafe to say they feel unsafe,” Harris said, noting that we (government) don’t have a problem with that.
“The problem is when it is out of control. We do not have the quick fix in relations to it. But we are going to be consistent in taking those measures that we are advised could best lead to significant improvement in this situation,” Dr. Harris stated.
Prime Minister believes that parents have a responsibility to know whether the proceeds from criminal activities are entering into their surroundings.
“Equally I say that this fight against crime is not just a fight for this government, and we will fight it robustly… The parent in the home has an equal responsibility to ensure that crime and proceeds of crime are not entering into their homes, neighbours, or entering into their community,” Harris said.
He added that programmes must be in place to assist the at-risk individuals in the communities, which will instill hope, wisdom and a sense of awareness into “our people”, he noted.
The police force has implemented a short-term crime strategy, and will complete the installation of Closed Circuit Television Cameras in several ‘hotspot’ areas in St. Kitts.