Crime and Wealth in Trinidad
Look at these graphs/charts carefully.
They show that the recent upsurge of crime in Trinidad has been accompanied by an increase in GDP per capita.
In other words, the richer people have become on average, the more crimes they are committing.
It's a cautionary tale that should tell us Jamaicans that poverty by itself does not cause crime.
I visited Ghana in the mid 1990's, and their poverty was much higher, and their crime remains much lower.
This is not to say that wealth is _causing_ crime in Trinidad. But what is? Is it greed driven by income disparity?
When I was there a few weeks ago someone explained to me that crime goes up around Christmas and Carnival time as people look to gain easy access to consumer goods, fete tickets and the bling-bling required to look the part.
If we in Jamaica were to experience the sudden increase in wealth that Trinidad is experiencing, would we also see crime increase? Would be we better off with a slow increase?
Bear in mind that Trinidad's murder rate is still a fraction of ours in Jamaica, per capita. Is their wealth allowing them to 'catch up" with us in some ways -- in criminal ways?
I have no easy answers.