Tobago Readies New Anti-Crime Plan

Above: Tobago (CJ Photo)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Tobago’s government is planning a new push to combat crime, according to Chief Secretary Orville London.

The new plan involves more cameras, the creation of a canine unit and greater surveillance at ports of entry, London said.

The plan, drafted by Tobago’s Assistant Commissioner of Police, Brian Headley, also dealt with the question of manpower in the police service.

London said Tobago already had more cameras per square foot than any other geographical area in Trinidad and Tobago, with plans to install more cameras and link cameras with private surveillance, private security and private cameras.

The goal, he said, is “to make Tobago an unfavourable environment for criminals.”

London said greater surveillance was particularly crucial for the country’s sea ports, which “are always considered the achilles heel in Tobago, since there are just not enough safeguards with respect to persons, arms and ammunition moving between Trinidad and Tobago.”