What’s your job? I’m a thief …
It seems more and more Jamaicans are taking up robbery as a professional career. In times of economic downturn, crime pays.
There’s been a staggering increase in the number of reported robberies, a 79 per cent increase on around this time last year. In actual numbers, there were 277 robberies and 294 break-ins in one month alone.
It’s pretty shocking, but easy money. I remember talking to some guys who were eagerly awaiting hurricane season one year for looting opportunities. It’s like other countries wait for the strawberry picking season for their employment.
I suppose it makes perfect sense if this is the only way you can see to make money. But the knock on effects of a worsening crime situation on the island are obvious enough. Robbery is the nail in the coffin for local businesses struggling to keep afloat.
House break-ins only increase the number of gated developments with their barking dogs outside as people lock themselves away at night – this kind of thing can destroy communities.