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Treat illegal use of blue flashing lights like a cancerous arm

Thursday, August 23, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Reports that criminals are equipping their vehicles with blue flashing lights and using them to stop and rob unsuspecting motorists, although terribly alarming, are not surprising to me as these blue lights are too easily reproduced.

The response by the police to clamp down on criminals using this kind of trap seems far too minimal and wanting. The news article published in the Jamaica Observer concerning this matter informs us that there are two reports (reportedly being investigated) of such criminal activity. However, the only deterrence method mentioned in the article was a warning from the constabulary force that any unauthorised individuals caught with these blue lights will be punished to the full extent of the law.

Do the police honestly believe that this warning will stop the criminals? What is needed is a real preventative strategy that is effective and tangible.

I am imploring the police to see this problem as being extremely crucial. They need to treat it as if it was a cancerous arm that needs to be severed immediately before the cancer spreads and infects the whole body.

Andrew Folkes

afolkes@u.rochester.edu

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