Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has reiterated the issue of security while reporting on house break-ins
He spoke as Vincentians continue to cope with the La Soufrière volcano disaster.
Gonsalves disclosed that criminal elements had been detected in the Chateaubelair community in the Red Zone.
He told state-owned NBC Radio this week that a small group of individuals broke into four or five houses.
But he said he would not disclose how many were in the group.
Gonsalves said he did not, at the time, have the full report.
Nevertheless, the PM said that among the things the group stole was electronic equipment.
Gonsalves said he had earlier flagged the security issue in relation to disasters.
In this regard, he recalled having observed that disasters at some point raise the question of security.
“Because you always have one or two persons who are criminally minded -some antisocial elements ,” Gonsalves observed.
He described those individuals as, in a sense, being a step or two ahead of the seismologists.
“They begin to make judgements a little ahead of you because their activity involves certain risks and they’re assessing risks,” Gonsalves stated.
But he declared that the authorities have to respond via the security apparatus in making the risks more problematic for those individuals.