Wayne Perinchief, Minister for National Security, toured Hamilton Parish to meet with local police officers, residents and businesspeople following a drive to cut crime in the area. From left, Mr Perinchief, local resident Richard Warner, PC Ricky Pamnarine and local resident Esme Williams. *Photo by Raymond Hainey
Wayne Perinchief, Minister for National Security, toured Hamilton Parish to meet with local police officers, residents and businesspeople following a drive to cut crime in the area. From left, Mr Perinchief, local resident Richard Warner, PC Ricky Pamnarine and local resident Esme Williams. *Photo by Raymond Hainey
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7: A drive to cut crime and anti-social behaviour in Hamilton Parish has paid off, police said this week.

Calls from the area around North Shore Road’s Dub City variety store have fallen dramatically since the local people, police, the private sector and Government teamed up to tidy up the streets.

Eastern Community Action Team sergeant Andrew Exell said: “Things are definitely a lot quieter around here now — and fewer calls means more police team free for other things, so everyone’s a winner.”

Sgt Exell said that local people, including the Neighbourhood Watch, had worked with the police, among others, to make improvements in the area.

These included better street lighting, “no trespassing” signs and new garbage cans.

Government’s Works & Engineering staff helped by cutting back trees and bushes, where anti-social elements had been gathering.

Graffiti-covered bus shelters have also been given a fresh paint job and “no loitering” signs posted, while a derelict house has also been repainted and secured.

The owners of Dub City have also given the store a bright new paint job.

Store manager Amanda Smith said: “There used to be a lot of youth hanging around the area, but it’s been sorted out.

“Across the road from us guys used to hang out around the trees, but it’s all been cleared up now. There was always a few guys hanging out on College Hill Road who aren’t there any more.

“Sometimes you got guys from other areas passing by and there could be a bit of trouble. It’s not a bad area, but it’s quieter now than it used to be.”

Local man Richard Warner, beach supervisor at the Elbow Beach Hotel who lives just off North Shore Road, said he and his neighbours had worked with the Neighbourhood Watch to help target trouble spots and clean up the nearby shoreline.

Mr Warner said: “We used to have kids hanging around the area and selling drugs — they used to hide drugs behind the walls and pillars and there were sometimes so many bikes parked at the junction, it was hard to get past them up to my house.

“But all the work that’s been done has really cleaned the area up. I don’t like the “no trespassing” signs, but they definitely work. The whole place looks a lot cleaner and tidier and we’re very thankful for that.”

Mr Warner’s neighbour and sister Esme Williams, a Neighbourhood Watch member, said: “We’re very grateful to the police for all the help they’ve given us.”

The “clean up Crawl” drive was launched around 18 months ago after the Community Action Team decided to target the area.

National Security Minister Wayne Perinchief toured the area and met local police officers, residents and businesspeople.

He said: “What I’ve seen happening here is a linkage between local people, businesses and their MP Derrick Burgess, who has been instrumental in getting new signs put up.

“Belco also removed sneakers from electrical wires, which are a known indicator of drug dealing. This was a problem area, but it isn’t any more.”