A cursory look at the crime situation in the Federation would cause most of us to feel some sense of frustration, fear or fury especially as it relates to murder and robberies. As a religious society, we have been quick to denounce criminality and say things like “I just hope they lock up all a dem” or “A wish dey would just kill off each other and leave us alone”. However actions speak louder than words. In this article I will show how By our very actions, we have continued to contribute to crime. Crime needs a co-operative public to thrive and survive and we in Nevis have been all too accommodating. The Politicization of Crime In Nevis, it is unfortunate that crime has become a political football. If someone is shot down tonight, it is almost as if the Opposition is glad to announce it on the talk shows, facebook, twitter, through texting and on the sknlist. Then everyone is anxious to see who did what to see if the person who committed the crime is and NRP or a CCM. Depending on who does I,t they get a CCM or NRP lawyer to defend them at court. The government would be keen to point out that crime did not start with them while the opposition responds and says that crime of this nature didn’t happen under their watch. And while we are busy accusing Parry and Amory for crime, lives are still being lost and we have not seen a joint crime plan or joint legislation By both parties to address the malaise of crime. The recent crime symposium where both Mr. Amory and Mr. Parry gave their perspective is commendable as it is the first time in the history of Nevis politics we have seen both parties come together to discuss crime. It must move now from more than just a symposium to solutions. That is the reason why HOPE Nevis in all its rallies has insisted on members of both parties there to speak out against crime. It is because we want to message to go forcefully that both CCM and NRP hate crime. That is the message that needs to go out more often. When we put politics in crime, we help the crime rate to grow. Covering up for Criminals While we say we hate the crime, we continue to embrace and even protect the same criminals. We are never willing to give evidence although some of us saw the crime and to make it worse our homes are often used as a hiding place for them. One parent was bold enough to admit that their son is in a gang and they can’t control them. I would like to think the police certainly can. However it is also we who can’t pay our water bill who find thousands of dollars to pay a lawyer to defend our child whom we know is guilty as sin. We are our own enemies. The castration of the Police The problem extends because we continue to ‘cuss off’ the police and blame them for everything. While I know that every police is not 100% trustworthy, holy or diligent, I also know we are not fighting crime By fighting the police. When we refuse to give evidence in a trial to convict A or B, it is not the police’s fault. The police has to share some blame for the escalation of crime but they shouldn’t take all of it. We need to work along with the police By continuing to share information and to congratulate them when they are doing well. The police are not our enemies! It is the criminals that are our enemies and the more we verbally castrate the police is the more emboldened the criminals will feel to commit the same crimes. Lack of support from CBOs, NGO’s and FBO’ s If we are truly serious about fighting crime, then I submit that every Community Based Organization (CBO), Non-governmental organization (NGO) and Faith Based Organization (FBO) should have some anti-crime program devised as part of their mandate. It is not enough for these organizations to look to the police and the politicians to stem the tide. They must organize community rallies, prayer walks, youth programs, use social networking sites like facebook and twitter, organize community competitions, educational programs, house to house campaigns, one on one street talks, mentoring programs, suggest rehabilitation programs and the like to address it. They must organize it and sustain it. I would like to believe that there are at least 75 such organizations in Nevis. Imagine 75 organizations having an anti-crime plan along with the support of a joint legislature and a vigilant emboldened police force. That is when crime would have to give way to reconciliation, peace, love and unity. For me, I see our island paradise at being at the crossroads where it is we the people who will determine just how much the cancer of crime will eat away at our society. We can either decide to work together or allow our country to fall apart. Let us now put aside our political differences and our relationship biases. Let us make the police our partners in crime and not have them as the perpetrators of it. Let our groups irrespective of the unique purposes for which each was set up, all do our part in our own spheres of influence to attack this crime problem. Crime has continued to thrive because while the criminals are united, we are not. We can change this situation around. Let us decide that we will all do it today!