St. Kitts and Taiwan commit to partner in crime-fighting initiative
BASSETERRE, St Kitts
St. Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan have agreed to work together on a far-reaching crime-fighting plan that would expand the use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) in crime hot spots, increase opportunities for training in the twin-island federation’s police force, and implement technological upgrades to consolidate information for enhanced efficiency.
The issues were recently discussed in a meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, Minister of Agriculture Eugene Hamilton and Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou.
“We would hope to count on your expertise and support with respect to our greatest challenge,” Harris told his Taiwanese counterpart, referring to the spate of violent crimes that the islands have been confronted with for close to a decade.
“The violence is restricted to gangs and those affiliated with the use of drugs. The rest of the population is somewhat insulated. So that [combating gang and drug-related violence] is a priority project for us, and we would urge you to see how quickly we could get a response.”
At the bilateral meeting, Taiwan’s President said there were crime-fighting technologies that gave impressive results in his country.
“Since 2008, the general crime rate went down in Taiwan about 40 per cent. Telecommunications scams are some of the most serious crimes, and we’ve cut those in half. The petty crime rate has dropped 70 per cent and violent crimes went down 80 per cent. There are 2.6 million people in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, and so far there are 13,700 CCTV devices. People feel safe,” the President said.
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