This morning I saw a video on my Facebook timeline of Mr. Basil Thompson highlighting an area where robberies and shootings are frequent occurrences due to bad roads and lack of lighting infrastructure.
Mr. Thompson emphasized that the video was not politically motivated albeit he is currently gearing up his campaign to run against Mr. James Mckenzie as councillor for the Grange Hill division in the next election.
He has called upon member of parliament for the area, Dr. Wykeham Mcniel and Minister of National Security, Mr. Peter Bunting to address the issue.
The area known as “one stick” is along the main route for traveling from Grange Hill to Negril. The area is dark, there are no street lights. Hotel workers, staff bus drivers, taxi drivers and other commuters are often afraid to traverse that area at night due to criminals lurking in the dark.
Taxi drivers have been robbed and shot at by unknown assailants. Just Friday night a mutual friend of ours was murdered and his bike stolen in that area.
Mr. Thompson asserts that crime is deeper than fixing a bad road and putting up some street lights. These youths will rob you in broad day light standing next to the police station.
He only hopes that a better road will alleviate the problem since the area is sometimes the only means of getting to Negril for some commuters.
Some drivers in order to avoid the possibility of a robbery, take the long route around Sav-Anna-Lamar to avoid any confrontations with criminals.
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