Keep your eyes peeled this Christmas

December 09, 2016
Police patrolling a section of Kingston to ensure the safety of Christmas shoppers last year.

So, this week, an alleged robber was shot dead in Half-Way Tree after he reportedly tried to rob a soldier in plain clothes who was coming off a bus.

This is just weeks after a young schoolboy from Jamaica College was stabbed to death and robbed of his phone by a thug who was out on bail for other crimes.

As Christmas draws closer I suspect that this year there will be many more incidents of people being robbed of phones and jewelry and whatever they have bought for the holidays.

Kingston is now a place where every and anyone out shopping is a possible victim of some young man who thinks that it is perfectly okay to put a knife to someone’s throat and take their belongings.

It’s one of the reasons why I worry every day when my son takes the bus to school. At 5' 10" he strikes an imposing enough figure so deter most.

But some – like the guy who  tried to rob the soldier in Half-Way Tree – like to feel that no target is beyond them.

Those are the ones who are dangerous. Those are the ones who will kill you out of sheer cowardice and they are the ones that make me most fearful for my family.

I am sure that the Jamaica Constabulary Force will be deploying more officers on the streets but as reassuring as that may be to come, it is not to me.

The police cannot be everywhere all the time. And to be honest, more policemen in the streets sometimes can prove to be more of a nuisance than anything else.

I don’t know what it is these days but a lot of young policemen, especially are crude, rude and lacking in discretion.

I had a run-in with one of them a few nights ago and let’s just say, I am hoping he is not a representation of the majority.

I guess what I am trying to say is that I am urging everyone to pay a little more attention and be a little bit more careful as the silly season approaches.

For some of us Christmas is the one time of year when we get a little relief from the daily grind of 12-hour work days for little reward, another year of no raise, and higher prices in a struggling economy.

For many it has been a year of uncertainty. You want to leave your current job but it is so hard to find another one that suits your needs.

However, as Christmas approaches something in the air makes things a little more palatable.

It’s almost as if those few days off, spending time with family, anticipating getting gifts no matter how small, drinking some liquor with friends even if it is one beer, combine to be the elixir we need to take us into another tough year.

The anticipation of what is to come makes is dizzy with excitement. Notwithstanding all that I am urging everyone to be careful.

We are now living in a dog eat dog world and the only way to survive is to be more alert, cautious and prudent.

I find that being a little more careful in the city these days is what is likely to get you through to the New Year.

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