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Khemraj Singh shows where equipment was stolen from his garden in Felicity.

Shastri Boodan

Residents of Felicity and Charlieville in Chaguanas, are calling for permanent police posts to be set up in their communities to deal with a recent increase in robberies, burglaries and other crimes.

Their appeals have caught the attention of Chaguanas Mayor Faaiq Mohammed and Chaguanas West MP Dinesh Rambally. The mayor said he spoke with Senior Sup Kirt Simon and was told there are plans to increase police patrols in the areas. Mohammed said he has also arranged for municipal police to do patrols between midnight to 5 am using two new vehicles they are acquiring by next week.

Rambally said he was given an assurance by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Central Division that the police are keeping a close watch on the situation.

“In the meantime, ask persons to keep their guard up and be watchful. Keep a keen eye out for strange persons in the area, unusual occurrences and be your neighbour’s keeper as well,” he said.

Imam Rasheed Karim, who met with some of the concerned residents on Wednesday, there have been 17 robberies and home invasions in the last two weeks. He said the community experienced a similar crime wave ten years ago

Karim is organising a crime awareness walk this Sunday at 2 pm from the Pierre Road Recreation Ground. He said the community has grown exponentially in the past decade and is in dire need of a permanent police post.

Khemraj Singh said equipment valued at $150,000 was stolen from his farm. Two of his neighbours were also victims of crime in the last week and were able to get video footage of the incidents. However, the police have not yet collected the footage.

Another resident, Sushil Maharaj, said bandits attacked and robbed three businessmen who were returning to their homes

“We are calling on the authorities to please help us,” he said.

Maharaj said he has seen several strange vehicles driving around in the community.