…says less liquid cash means less robberiesIn light of a number of armed robberies that involved victims who would have just exited commercial banks,Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanthe need to carry less cash and more credit or debit cards is again coming to the fore.The Government Information Agency (GINA) quoted Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan as the most recent public official to call for more persons to ‘go plastic’.Minister Ramjattan made the call as he was responding to questions about the role of citizens in the crime fight. The Minister, while speaking at the Golden Jubilee National Symposia Series on Monday at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, said many robberies involving large sums of money would be reduced if business people and others made the switch to plastic.He noted that some business people “walk around with millions and millions of dollars,” according to GINA.Ramjattan explained that most of the big robberies that have occurred happened because some persons have “inside information of some car or bag got 10 million, five million or three million dollars.”As such, he reiterated previous calls for Guyanese to go plastic, but noted that a lot of people don’t want to do this because they seek to avoid tax payments.The result, he likened to a double whammy, “you’re avoiding taxes, plus you’re getting robbed.”The Public Security Minister stated his Government will continue to do its part in the fight against crime and touted tools such as surveillance cameras as important. However, he highlighted that the employment rate must be increased as another way “to get the crime rates down.”In July 2013, following a spate of armed robberies, then Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell urged members of the business community to be more security conscious, noting that it’s time to do less liquid cash transactions and utilise ‘plastic’ to transact business.He had explained that the maximum use of ‘plastic’ will definitely impact on robberies and the violence associated with armed robberies.In August 2014, then Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh had sought to discourage his fellow countrymen and women from carrying large and bulky amounts of cash.The Minister had said there is no compelling or legitimate reason for a citizen to be walking around with large volumes of cash to do financial transactions as he pointed to the many alternative options available, including going plastic.This is not the first time the Minister has sought to deter citizens from carrying large sums of cash.Among the policies the former Finance Minister’s Government had introduced was the launch of a $5000 bill which reduced the physical bulk of cash and the move for Government Ministries and agencies to pay their employees via bank orders; a practice which has been significantly replicated across the Private Sector.However, the practice of business persons and other Guyanese of moving around with large sums of cash continues unabated and many criminal elements are said to be lurking around commercial banks, particularly in the country’s commercial centres, on the look out for their next victim.
The Kia car on its side after the crash a short time ago. Pic Donegal Daily.BREAKING NEWS: A motorist has been rushed to hospital after a dramatic car crash in Donegal Town.The Kia vehicle he was driving flipped over on to its side after colliding with a Ford car just before 11am.Fire crews, ambulance staff and Gardaí are at the scene where the female driver of the Ford car has been treated for shock. The badly-damaged Ford car which was also involved in the crash.The scene at Upper St has been sealed off, with large tailbacks at the centre of Donegal Town as a result.Gardaí forensic collision investigators are due to arrive at the scene shortly to begin an investigation in to the crash.One eye witness said, “Both drivers seem to very shaken up.“The driver of the Kia whose car turned on its side, doesn’t appear to be too badly hurt. “It look as if he’s been very lucky though.”Fire crews are now beginning to preserve the scene, and are planning to remove the vehicles once the Gardaí carry out their investigations.Gardaí have warned motorists that the road may be closed for a number of hours.Gardai arrive at this morning’s crash. BREAKING NEWS: MOTORIST RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER DRAMATIC CRASH was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashdonegalDonegal TownGardai