Attorney General Urges Calm Amid Crime Concerns in Antigua and Barbuda

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Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin has called on residents of Antigua and Barbuda to remain calm and trust in law enforcement amid growing concerns over a recent rise in crime.

Benjamin emphasized that many of the crimes are driven by emotional reactions rather than indicating a broader trend.

“This type of behavior is not normal in Antigua and Barbuda,” he stated. “Crime tends to fluctuate, and although we’re seeing an increase now, most of these serious crimes are crimes of passion.”

Despite the current uptick, Benjamin assured citizens that Antigua and Barbuda remains one of the safest places in the region. He acknowledged public concerns but emphasized the proactive measures being taken by the police to address the issue.

“Our country is known for its safety, and we are still safe. However, being the safest jurisdiction in the region doesn’t mean we should ignore this trend. It needs to be addressed immediately,” he asserted.

Benjamin announced that the police force has been strengthened with 50 new recruits and additional resources to improve their effectiveness in combating crime.

He also highlighted efforts to prevent firearms from entering the country, including Coast Guard patrols and the use of special x-ray machines and sniffer dogs by Customs.

“We’ve tried various methods to curb the influx of illegal firearms, such as patrols and enhanced customs checks, but the guns still seem to be coming in,” Benjamin admitted.

He urged the public to assist law enforcement by reporting any suspicious activities in their neighborhoods and assured them that the police would soon update the public on ongoing efforts and future plans.

“We will not allow this to continue. Antigua and Barbuda will remain the safest country in this part of the hemisphere. However, we are not complacent; we must stop this trend,” he declared.

Residents are encouraged to stay vigilant and cooperative as authorities work to ensure the safety and security of the nation.

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