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Oct 19, 2021

Faber Says Root Causes of Crime Need More Than Temporary Fixes

On the other hand, the Opposition is often criticized for not being able to successfully get a handle on crime and violence while in government for the last thirteen years. Faber responded to these allegations and suggested the current administration is not responsive to the needs of the most vulnerable in society.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Leader of the Opposition

“UDP in Government was making its best attempt. I will give it to you; there is more that could have been done. I think we often err in terms of how we handle some of these very important situations, like crime. Like maybe, putting our efforts into fixing things that don’t work. Like giving the police more equipment and believing that policing the crime situation will help it to subside. In fact, that is just a temporary fix. The term root cause of crime is very cliché but it is real. What needs to happen, we need to address the situation of our young men in particular. We need to address the situation of our families and our homes. We have situations in Southside Belize City where there is a matchbox house, and we have ten people living in there. There are situations in this society where people sleep, some by day and some by night, in order to be accommodated in the house. We have houses where children and adults co-exist in cases that cause a lot of sexual situations that are not convenient, that are not ideal. So, these things are very real. If people don’t know where they are going to get their next meal from, then you throw on top of that a pandemic and a movement that is not responding.”

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