Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has defended a crackdown by City Police against petty crime, declaring petty crimes lead to bigger ones.
He told the MBC Television programme Police Insight on Monday night that people believe that he as Mayor came into office and implemented certain laws.
The City Police have been arresting persons for urinating in public, while in recent weeks, the Mayor’s office has issued warnings to owners of commercial goods vehicles against parking on the sidewalk.
It has also cautioned business houses against placing signs on the sidewalks.
However, the Mayor declared that the laws are on the books and are only being enforced now.
“I believe in enforcement and people must understand, it’s the petty crimes that bring the big ones,” Francis said.
“The things we say ‘That’s nothing’ – the guy who just cursed on the road. The next time, he punches the person; the next time you hear that he uses a knife – we have a death,” he explained.
The Mayor disclosed that shirtless males who are on the streets washing vehicles have been picked up, cautioned and released.
“In Saint Lucia, the thing we produce the most is indiscipline,” Francis stated.
“Why do we allow people to sell alcohol on the sidewalk?”
He asserted that people see persons who enforce the law as enemies.
“Let’s look at vendors. Vendors could vend anywhere they like – put up shop anywhere. We have situations where they put these concrete things to tie down their umbrellas and they leave them anywhere,” the Mayor stated.
He disclosed that as a result of persons being injured by the objects, the Castries Constituency Council has had to pay up in respect of a number of claims.
“We have paid a lot of claims,” he told Police Insight.
“Peterson Francis is not there to win votes. Peterson Francis is there to do what is right; what is safe and what the citizens expect from any public official,” the Mayor declared.