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Minnis pledges more manpower to tackle crime spree

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday promised to get a handle on crime following recent reports of armed robberies and home invasions.

In the past two weeks, there have been several reports of break-ins and robberies in western New Providence, Minnis’ constituency, and in other areas of the island.

“We recognize there’s an increase in armed robbery, even within my own constituency in the Westridge area,” he said.

“And in other areas within the Killarney constituency, our residents have been complaining.

“I spoke to the minister of national security, commissioner of police and all the relevant authorities.

“And they will beef up the manpower and beef up the security within not only my constituency but within the entire Bahamas to ensure the safety of Bahamians.

“So, we’re going to put more manpower and what relevant material and equipment [are] necessary to decrease this. But we will get a handle on it and we will control it.”

Asked if he is concerned about the recent trend, Minnis said: “One crime is a concern to me.”

Last week, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames downplayed concerns over a string of recent housebreaking incidents on New Providence.

He said social media may be making it seem like a bigger problem than it is.

The comments prompted backlash from the public and the opposition.

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis accused Dames of being tone-deaf and insensitive.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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