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Crime A Major Cost to Jamaica Economy, National Security Minister Says

Jamaica’s Minister of National Security Robert Montague says the scourge of crime is a significant cost to the economy.

In fact, it’s approximately five per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“If we were able to cut crime in half, the economy would grow by two and a half per cent without the investment of a single additional dollar,” Montague contended.

He pointed out that it cost the health services some J$400,000 (US$) per day to keep one gunshot victim in intensive care.

“Now, we have just over 1,000 gunshot victims so far this year and if you multiply that by $400,000 then it should give you an idea as to how much money we are spending because of crime,” he noted.

The National Security Minister argued that if crime was significantly reduced the Government would be able to spend more money on infrastructure development as well as to pump more resources into health and education.

“The schools would be better equipped. We would have more water in more communities as well as better garbage disposal. I say all of this to emphasize the importance of putting our collective energies together in dealing with the scourge of crime,” he said.

Montague said the Government will be leaving no stone unturned in dealing with the problem, noting that the citizens of the country have a right to live in peaceful communities.

“We are not going to allow the criminals to dictate how we live or how we go about our daily lives. Their actions have come at a great economic cost to our communities and to our country,” he said.

He added the “onus is on everybody to try and do better and to rise up and say enough is enough. We have a lot at stake and we simply have to operate on a united front and be ready to take back our communities”.

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Comment by mr1stroke on September 6, 2017 at 5:10pm

thank you folks some of us have to stop entertaining the negro behavior, you have the negros over here quick to march with the spanish community when ever there is an issue but dont realize the spanish community do not concern about negros you barely see them at a march unless its their own agenda, then the people from else where quick to brag but ignore the problems in their back yard but wonder why so many cannot succeed in their own country no matter work hard they work do not have the opportunity to invest in their own country, now how many jamaicans can come on here can speak on how much investment they have in jamaica im talking about long term wealth type of investment even if it was a dollar store do they have more than one or just a front store

Comment by Audrey on September 6, 2017 at 4:34pm
Well said mr1stroke!
Comment by Shelly Singh on September 6, 2017 at 4:01pm
Totally agree
Comment by mr1stroke on September 6, 2017 at 2:03pm

the jamaincans are running their mouths but are not aware of their government selling them out, the government of jamaica are making deals with the chinese that will hurt them in the long run, they are giving land to the chinese to build hotels and other entities for small returns, they are selling part of jamaica to the chinese for small fees, those politicians are promised rettirement, luxury items and checks to sell that country the people in that country will not know what hits them in a few years, do understand china is over populated so their government go around and pay other countries to let them in than give those chinese money to build and start business else where do your research about many countries in Africa why so many chines, but i know some of you may jump at my throat, 2 things you need to do dont be a fool do your research and if you disagree prove me wrong provide some facts to support your arguments as for me the facts are there all you have to do is research

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