The reason for this fear is not just the level of crime or the number of murders.
The real reason is that the Police are mostly ineffective and the government seems to have no strategy whatsoever. The fear is because there is no confidence in our leadership solving the problem.
This is why more people are calling for legal gun ownership for Bahamians, Why there is more vigilante justice, and why less people are willing to report crimes or act as witnesses.
What I Find Most Troubling About Crime In The Bahamas
The most troubling thing to me personally, is how we seem to be stuck in this rut when it comes to ideas about solving crime.
No matter how outrageous the crime, I can basically predict the reactions of the majority of Bahamians, whether it is the average man on the street, members of parliament or clergy.
For instance, after the most recent shocking crime incident, almost everyone will cry out we need to hang.
I’m not going to get into whether hanging is a solution or not, but I will point out that even a recent senior police officer has admitted that hanging will not be the solution that many think it will be.
It’s like we collectively cannot come up with new solutions. But I’ve run on enough, here is what I think we need to solve crime.
quick note: When I speak about solving crime, I hope its obvious that I’m not talking about eliminating all crime, which is impossible, but rather reducing crime to manageable levels for our population size.
Ok lets get started
There is no ONE solution
The first thing we have to accept as Bahamians is that there is no ONE solution to crime. Like I said earlier, the usual response to crime is “we need to hang”, usually followed by:
- we need to pray,
- it’s the parents,
- its the police,
- no its the courts,
- lets get rid of the privy council
Each of these are presented as a competing solution as if any one of them can solve crime all by itself. To begin to properly address crime we have to realize that it is an extremely complicated multifaceted issue.
Address Crime on Multiple Levels
For us to gain control of crime, it a problem that has to be addressed on multiple levels. This means;
- Yes we need to pray
- Yes the police are failing and need to do better
- Yes we need parents to do better
- Yes the courts need to be improved
- etc etc
I can go on and on, but my point is, we have to address it all. And no it’s not impossible. We just need people with vision and the leadership to see it through.
Alas we’re sorely lacking in that area…
Part 2 : Long-term Solutions To Crime will address what we should be doing that will take 10+ years to bear fruit or implement, but will greatly reduce crime in the long run.