The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce last week facilitated a symposium on Security
for Business as gun violence and robberies continue to plague the island and businesses
In an address prior to the discussions, former Chamber President Karen Peter warned the
private sector about becoming complacent and urged them to do all that is possible to
protect lives and property.
Presentations were made by the Royal St. Lucia Police Force, security solutions providers FLOW, Guardsman, Innovative Business Solutions and the Security Training Institute and Security Services (STISS Inc).
The members of the private sector raised concerns over an escalation of robberies targeting local businesses. They discussed solutions ranging from increased use of
technology including video and artificial intelligence, improved training for security
officers, intelligence sharing and greater collaboration with the police.
Businesses were told to pay more attention to developing and implementing security policies and strategies and to invest in measures which can reduce their vulnerability.
The Chamber members pledged to work more closely with the Royal St. Lucia Police Force and to provide services or equipment which can help the police in curbing crime on the island.
The Police team headed by Inspector Shervon Matthew, who’s in charge of the Criminal
Investigation Department, welcomed the call for continued dialogue and closer collaboration with the business community in fighting crime on St. Lucia.
Inspector Matthew also called for the conversation to be broadened to include policymakers
and legislators. He wants to see greater focus on modernizing legislation, improvements to the Justice system, and a concerted effort to address the social issues negatively impacting local communities.
SOURCE: Caribbean Business Report