It’s time to get serious about violent crime

Monday, October 15, 2018

(Friday 12th October, 2018 Issue)

It’s happened again. Just last week, one Ousman Fatty was fatally stabbed to death in Brikama, after he had a brawl with one Tijan commonly known as T. Boy at an Internet Café opposite Brikama Hawla Kunda.

On Wednesday, one Babucarr Darboe was reported to have been stabbed multiple times by one Bakary Bandeh (the accused) after an argument. Both the deceased and suspect were reported to be living in Wellingara. The recent surge in violent crime in the country is not only alarming but disturbing. Some of these crimes sometimes lead to dead. It is high time government comes up with regulations and mechanisms to halt the surge in violent crime in the country.

The Gambia has been renowned as one of the safest countries on this part of Africa. Therefore, as Gambian we should all cherish this peace and live as brothers and sisters.

One would attribute that the recent increase in violent crime remains somewhat a mystery and no single factor is likely to explain it, but there is one potential contributor that is rarely talked about – the new found freedom. As in the past regime tick-for-tact was the order of the day. It is no mystery that violence and crime go hand-in-hand with poverty. That has been borne out repeatedly not only in The Gambia, but in other countries around the world.

However, it is our view that the problems of crime and violence are best addressed with the community, not against it. Security forces are doing their takes to make our community safer and secured. This is manifested in the formation of a newly established Anti-crime of The Gambia Police Force. During their routine patrols, a considerable number of arrests were made involving suspects who are hardened criminals. As Gambians let’s remain peaceful and embrace brotherliness so as to enhance development in this great nation.

“A large part of crime is economics - if people are working and and have a home and family to support, then I believe you can reduce the crime rate.”

Vincent Frank