News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Feb. 2, 2018: A Caribbean nation has just recorded the bloodiest January in history.
Trinidad and Tobago recorded 62 murders last month – the highest number of murders in the month of January for any one year. This surpasses the January 2008 figure, when 57 people were killed. In January 2017, the figure was 52.
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams, speaking on a television program in T&T, said that despite the police seizing more than 1,000 illegal weapons, the country’s porous borders were making it easy for the illegal guns to enter the country.
“They are coming from the USA, they are coming from Latin America generally and, therefore, our challenge is how we secure our borders against the entry of those weapons,” he was quoted as saying.
Williams said that the seizure of 1,064 weapons last year “is way beyond my wildest dream, [in] that, we would have been ever able to seize in excess of a thousand firearms in Trinidad and Tobago.”
And he urged the public to cooperate with law enforcement agencies in order to deal with the escalating criminal activities.