When you think about the Caribbean, you can imagine a warm tropical climate with white sandy beaches and a cool, relaxed environment that thousands of tourists flock to every year to get away from it all. Trinidad and Tobago, known for its Carnival and diverse and rich culture, is one of the Caribbean's most developed and business-friendly states. But how can the twin-island republic continue to thrive when there is a rising murder toll that threatens the safety of its own citizens?

High risk for crime, especially murder

Crime has been plaguing the nation for years, with governments and authorities apparently unable to bring perpetrators to justice.

To make matters worse, corruption seems to be the norm, and there also appears to be a low rate of confidence in the police service from the general public. Locals have become fearful for their lives, and that of their children, with the rising danger of theft, kidnapping, money laundering, human trafficking and murder. To date, there have been 436 murders, with an average of 1.2 murders per day. According to the Trinidad Express, senior police sources have said that they do not expect the murder rate to go down.

What is the cause?

A general consensus can be found among citizens that there has been increased lawlessness in the country, coupled with declining morale, among other factors.

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There has also be an increase in drug and human trafficking, which is blamed for several persons who have gone missing without a trace.

Moving forward

Authorities have made several attempts to increase the level of security over the years, with everything from a blimp to the hiring of Canadian police commissioners, to belting the entire island with security cameras, especially along its highways and places of business. But alas, citizens have claimed that they do not feel safe even in their own homes. So what can be down to curb the current crime situation in Trinidad & Tobago that is spiraling out of control? Also, even if there were proper changes made from the top, would it still prove to be a case of too little, too late?