Private Sector Commission

Tips on Crime Prevention

Speech of the Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Mr. Ramesh Dookhoo for the opening remarks at Tips on Crime Prevention for the Business Community, GCCI Board Room, Thursday, September 30, 2010 @ 14:30 hrs

With great pleasure, I take this opportunity to present my opening remarks at this important workshop today.  Before I venture into my presentation, I must congratulate the organizers of this workshop, the Commissioner and the officers of the Guyana Police Force who are present here today, for making this workshop a reality.

Firstly, I would like to inform you, for the benefit of those who are not aware, that the Private Sector Commission through a coordinated and collaborative approach with its sectoral members such as the GCCI, GMSA, THAG, etc has been engaging and partnering with the Police and many other institutions such as the City Council, Local Government Ministry, Guyana Election Commission, etc to make Guyana a better place for the benefits of the business community and all of Guyana.  To be more specific, I would like to just mention one Private Sector partnership that is ongoing at present and that is, the one that is examining and monitoring the performance of 911 systems.  At this point I do want to go into any details, but I must say that the team which is made of the major stakeholders is working vigorously to ensure that the system is functioning and meeting the needs of its users.  At the same time, the team is looking at a state of the art solution as a medium – long term solution.

As we all know, the business community is targeted by criminal elements operating as an organized group or groups and individuals who may be aware of an opportunity to capitalize on.  Most criminal activities occur among us without even being detected.  In some cases, the criminals will be observing and conducting surveillance days before the crime is committed and their activities will go undetected by us. I am quite sure that after this workshop, you will be equipped with some skills or tips if you want to call it, on how to identify or recognize these surveillance activities that are carried out by criminals.

As being the most vulnerable group that are subject to criminal acts and more so the one that are losing hard earned valuables, I urged you to be vigilant at all times.  You must learn to observe trends and recognize abnormal activities within your environment.  Also, I would like to call on you to minimize conducting activities that will attract criminals.  I am referring here to activities such as those that utilize or require large amounts of cash.  Let us start utilizing the systems and technologies that are available at our disposal to protect our businesses and our customers.  Let us start modernizing our businesses by putting in the systems to facilitate the use of the debit and credit cards (plastic money) and do more online baking.

Permit me Mr. Chairman to take this opportunity to call on the Banking Sector and the Information Communication Technology (ICT) providers to embark on a vibrant public campaign to educate the business community and the general public on the facilities that are available which can be utilized to reduce transporting and the utilizing of large amount of cash to conduct business transactions.  This to my knowledge will reduce the robberies that are taken place in our country.
In concluding, I would like to thank you for your attention and I am quite sure that this will be a very successful workshop.

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