Business owners are not sharing vital security camera footage with the police. This revelation came from Mukesh Ramsingh, the president of the Couva-Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce (CPLCC).
Ramsingh said sharing of video is vital in the crime fighting process.
“It is making it harder and more difficult for the police to track the criminals,” he said.
The CPLCC president told Guardian Media when the police approached the owners of buildings in the vicinity of criminal activities, they are mostly being told that cameras are not working.
Ramsingh said the CPLCC and members of the public are concerned about the level of crime in Central Trinidad, and that the CPLCC has done what it can to assist the police.
“They are trying their best, but there is so much that they can do. Around this time, we do expect a hike in crime.”
CPLCC President Mukesh Ramsingh, right, speaks with vendor Roger Ramlochan. [Image by SHASTRI BOODAN]
Ramsingh admitted that business is much slower than expected.
“The new business model now, after speaking with several businesses, is if you don’t have a heavy social media presence it’s very hard to get sales,” he explained. “People are coming out to get what they have to and go back.”
The CPLCC boss pointed out that consumers are placing a priority on food items instead of gifts. He said businessmen have taken the decision to not invest heavily in toys.
“Established toy stores can see a hike in sales, but many businesses are steering far from investing in toys since they do not expect a large volume of sales in this area for Christmas because of reduced consumer spending power,” Ramsingh said.
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