Employers in Saint Lucia have expressed concern about an increase in break ins at business places in the capital city.
The Executive Director of the Saint Lucia Employers Federation (SLEF), Joseph Alexander, told the Times that if the situation continues, some establishments may go out of business.
Alexander asserted that such a development would aggravate an already high unemployment rate.
He expressed the view that the businesses may have to get together under the umbrella of the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce or the Private Sector Council of Saint Lucia to meet with the government on the issue.
The private sector council comprises the Chamber of Commerce, the Saint Lucia Manufacturers’ Association, the SLEF and the Bankers’ Association.
The SLEF Executive Director suggested that the meeting could discuss security incentives for business establishments and other matters.
“There is a need for minds to get together to see how we can deal with this escalation in thefts from business places,” Alexander asserted.
He told the Times that once the business people get together, they can speak with a much stronger voice.
Several business places have been attacked recently by thieves.
In most of the attacks, the criminals cut through padlocks and smashed their way into the buildings.
In the most recent incident, thieves broke into a jewelry store on High Street.