First Response launches initiative to tackle youth crimes

POSTED: 03/19/15 6:37 PM

St. Maarten – In response to mounting reports of youth involved in crimes, First Response has launched an initiative to provide kids with alternative interests. The safety and security company has begun a community safety and security drive dubbed First Response Interscholastic Art Competition.  “We have drawn a genuine concern for the safety of our community within the past year due to the drastic increase in our crime rate on the island of St. Maarten. Not only has the crime rate increased, but also our young people have become more and more involved in these criminal acts. We now know the importance of the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We all play a role in the development, desires and decisions of our young people. By making a change in our young people today; we will automatically make a change in our future,” First Response officials explained yesterday.

“In order to bring awareness to the schools, parents, and other guardians of the extreme responsibility that is placed upon them to guide these young people correctly and also to make the young people aware of the harsh effects crime has on our community, we have decided to showcase the talent of our young people, while educating them about safety and security. We believe this will be a great opportunity to join together as a community to educate, spread awareness and build confidence within the young people by exposing their talents.”

This competition will be a thirty (30) day drive, commencing on May 1st 2015 and consequently ending on May 30th, 2015. Students must artistically depict their best concept of safety and security in the community in an art piece entitled, “Secure, Protect, Prevent”. The winner’s art piece will be displayed in the showroom of First Response. This will consist of Rounds one (1) and (2), Semi Finals and Finals. The finals of this competition will be held at the Westin Hotel on May 30th, 2015, where first, second and third place winners will receive their much anticipated prizes.


First Place winner will receive: An IP camera system (8 Cameras) for the school, an alarm System Kit for the students’ home and Ipad and wireless camera for the student. Second Place winner will receive: An analog camera system (4 Cameras) for the school and a Smart Phone and wireless camera for the student. Third Place winner will receive: Two wireless cameras for the school, a PlayStation game console for the student.

All students between the ages of 13 – 18 are allowed to participate. Instructions have been given to all participating schools and the students have begun working on their art pieces.   “We urge the general public, parents and teachers to support, motivate and guide the students during this competition. We thank the public in advance for your support as we strive for a better and safer St. Maarten.” For more information, persons may contact First Response at  54 – FIRST (543 4778) or visit their Facebook page for updates on the competition,

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