US Security Advisory Council: Crime in T&T at 'critical' level with 140 murders this year

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 20:00

The US Overseas Security Advisory Council says the crime rate in Trinidad and Tobago has reached a 'critical' level, with increasing gang violence and 140 murders so far in 2016.

Its latest report says “the government faces numerous challenges in its effort to reduce crime, including an overburdened legal system, bureaucratic resistance to change, unemployment in marginal areas, disenfranchised youth, and the negative influence of gangs, drugs, and weapons.”

Trinidad and Tobago also ended 2015 with a rating of "Critical" in the US Overseas Security Advisory Council's annual Crime and Safety Report, with 410 people murdered.

Between 2010 and the end of 2015, 2,424 people were murdered.