Tuitt: security companies need to improve employee screeningPOSTED: 09/27/12 12:03 PM
St. Maarten – Finance Minister Roland Tuitt took liberty in speaking on behalf of the Minister of Justice on Wednesday and indicated that government plans to look at instituting measures for increased safety of the island.
Tuitt spoke at the Council of Ministers press conference yesterday where the question were posed to the prime minister who deferred, on whether the borders should be tightened in light of last week’s double murder of an American couple in Cupecoy.
“I think that when you are dealing with justice and security you have to look at the whole picture and as things happen, try to tighten your security measures. The security companies on the island will have to do something better with the screening of their employees that will at least help the process,” Tuitt said.
Referring to examples that he has seen internationally in terms of providing security to visitors, Tuitt said that the same could be done on St. Maarten. Hotels could register taxi information for guests that use them and call the taxi driver if the guest is away for more than three hours.
“If someone is coming to visit a guest, they cannot enter the premises unless you come down and clear them,” was another example Tuitt used to demonstrate stringent security policies that hotels can implement.
“There are a lot of security measures that can be put in place to make the properties and our tourism product safer. I think we will be looking at those measures to see how we can put them in place so that this island can become safer than it is right now.”
Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams reiterated that all branches of government strongly condemn the murders, adding that the treatment and cooperation the families of Michael and Thelma King have received thus far is extremely important for the island’s image and reputation.
“I and the other ministers are extremely grateful for the fact that because of, among other things, the handling by our law officers of the family of the victims, that even in their grief and under the stress that they must be under, they are recognizing the treatment they received in St. Maarten.”
“We need to look at solving the crime and give residents and visitors the assurance that St. Maarten is a relatively safe place,” the prime minister noted.