Menu
Demerara Waves - Riding on the crest of truth
 

Listen Live

android
apple
blackberry
 
 

Police taking steps to curb armed robberies

A section of Georgetown's busy shopping district. A section of Georgetown's busy shopping district.
In the wake of a spike in banditry during the past week, the Guyana Police Force on Wednesday announced a raft of steps including reorganising patrols and accessing images from citywide surveillance cameras.

Chief of Criminal Investigations, Deputy Commissioner Seelall Persaud said plans were being made to access live feeds of images being captured by cameras that are currently being monitored only by the Office of the President’s Central Intelligence Unit (CIU).

“There is effort right now to have the feed directly to the police so that we can independently research and use what evidence is collected there,” he told a news conference. He said police could access the CIU’s footage “by request.”

Using statistics, Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell rejected assertions that there has been an upsurge in armed robberies. “The overall crime situation is not at the level of the perception outlined in articles via the media,” he said.

Figures show that up to July 15, there has been a three percent decline in murders, a one percent increase in robberies involving the use of firearms and a nine percent decrease in robberies where other arms like knives and cutlasses were used.

For the year 14 persons have been killed during armed robberies, five of them during the past two weeks. Police so far this year recovered 49 firearms including 19 revolvers,18 shotguns, 10 pistols one submachine gun and one rifle.

The top cop disputed perceptions about rising crime one day after the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and the main opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) called on police to do more to bring the situation under control.

Brummel said he, Persaud and all the Divisional Commanders on Wednesday decided on new measures to police all divisions. “We have revisited and made adjustments to our strategies to effectively police the divisions,” he said.

Deputy Police Commissioner Persaud said the Police Force would soon be resuscitating formal rather than ad hoc relations with the Guyana Association of Private Security Organisations (GAPSO) to exchange information and response to crime reports.

The Police Commissioner reiterated the need for the business community to focus more on their security in the movement of cash and recommended that more debit cards be used in transactions.

While noting that the GCCI did not attend the unveiling of the 2012 Christmas policing plan, he said the police force was expected to attend next month’s seminar on the security situation that is being organised by the city business organisation.
back to top

Recent News

Prev Next Page:
Man implicated in cocaine-laced tonic deaths on narco-trafficking charge

23 July, 2014

Man implicated in cocaine-laced tonic deaths on narco-traffi…

The man allegedly linked to the death of four persons who drank cocaine-laced SS...

GECOM must prove readiness for polls- Luncheon

23 July, 2014

GECOM must prove readiness for polls- Luncheon

Government on Wednesday called on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to pro...

Caribbean tax essay winners announced

22 July, 2014

Caribbean tax essay winners announced

The Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administration (COTA) on Monday announced the ...

Comedian Habeeb Khan dies

22 July, 2014

Comedian Habeeb Khan dies

Veteran Guyanese comedian, Habeeb Khan died early Tuesday morning at his East Ba...

Bartica residents complain about blackout; GPL says working to fix problems

22 July, 2014

Bartica residents complain about blackout; GPL says working …

Residents and businesses at Bartica have been complaining about frequent blackou...

UG students to pay higher tuition fees

22 July, 2014

UG students to pay higher tuition fees

Most new and continuing University of Guyana (UG) students will have to pay high...

PNCR to allow one member-one vote

22 July, 2014

PNCR to allow one member-one vote

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) intends to amend its constitution t...

High Court frees schoolboy of murder, State appeals

22 July, 2014

High Court frees schoolboy of murder, State appeals

The High Court on Tuesday freed a 19-year old man, who was charged with the murd...

Rice farmer killed during toilet quarrel with sister's partner

22 July, 2014

Rice farmer killed during toilet quarrel with sister's partn…

A rice farmer of Strath Campbell, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara was stabbed to ...

Ex fireman jailed for wounding colleague

21 July, 2014

Ex fireman jailed for wounding colleague

An ex fireman was Monday convicted and jailed for feloniously wounding one of hi...

Transparency Institute's status upgraded

21 July, 2014

Transparency Institute's status upgraded

The Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) says it is moving closer to beco...

PNCR Linden group claims tinkering with delegates

21 July, 2014

PNCR Linden group claims tinkering with delegates

As the countdown the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) heads into its con...

Several New Amsterdam prison officers face demotion following unrest

21 July, 2014

Several New Amsterdam prison officers face demotion followin…

Several officers attached to the New Amsterdam Prison are to be demoted and a ne...

Wife kills husband

21 July, 2014

Wife kills husband

A Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) employee has been stabbed to death and his pre...

Updated: Suspect in stabbing death of gays commits suicide

20 July, 2014

Updated: Suspect in stabbing death of gays commits suicide

The two gays, who were stabbed to death early Sunday morning, were not the inten...

Gays stabbed to death; Juan Edghill's utterance blamed

20 July, 2014

Gays stabbed to death; Juan Edghill's utterance blamed

Two gays were stabbed to death early Sunday morning in Georgetown- incidents tha...

Police, GRA bicker over non-submission of statements in shoot-out with smuggler

19 July, 2014

Police, GRA bicker over non-submission of statements in shoo…

A suspected smuggler, who allegedly opened fire on a number of customs officers ...

Opposition must deal with consequences of no-confidence vote- Ramotar

18 July, 2014

Opposition must deal with consequences of no-confidence vote…

President Donald Ramotar on Friday said his administration was ready for early g...

Promenade Gardens teen robber jailed

18 July, 2014

Promenade Gardens teen robber jailed

A teenager was Friday convicted for robbing a couple in the Promenade Gardens an...

AFC tells Ramotar time-up, ready for no-confidence

18 July, 2014

AFC tells Ramotar time-up, ready for no-confidence

The smaller opposition Alliance For Change (AFC) has told President Donald Ramot...

Fly Jamaica hit by resignations, flight delays

18 July, 2014

Fly Jamaica hit by resignations, flight delays

(JAMAICA OBSERVER).-A number of flight delays have rocked Fly Jamaica Airways Li...

Two seriously hurt in early morning accident

18 July, 2014

Two seriously hurt in early morning accident

Two females were seriously injured early Friday morning when the car in which th...

Guyanese police want to question boat captain about alleged piracy

17 July, 2014

Guyanese police want to question boat captain about alleged …

In the wake of the discovery of the body of one the fishermen after what is beli...

Police probing gun attack on GRA officers

17 July, 2014

Police probing gun attack on GRA officers

The Guyana Police Force is currently investigating an armed attack on four offic...

Colwyn Harding bailed on alleged robbery with violence charge

17 July, 2014

Colwyn Harding bailed on alleged robbery with violence charg…

Colwyn Harding, who has sued the State for more than GUY$80 million for alleged ...

Essequibo rice miller gets cash to pay paddy farmers

16 July, 2014

Essequibo rice miller gets cash to pay paddy farmers

Rice farmers on the Essequibo Coast on Wednesday began receiving outstanding pay...

Two dead, several injured in Linden Highway accident

16 July, 2014

Two dead, several injured in Linden Highway accident

Two persons were killed Wednesday evening when a minibus ran off the Soesdyke-Li...

Guyanese scouts to participate in Caribbean Jamboree

16 July, 2014

Guyanese scouts to participate in Caribbean Jamboree

A contingent of 42 Guyanese scouts is due to participate in the 15th Caribbean S...

Recommended News Links

Recommended Radio Links

Other News and Opinion Wesbsites