Castries Mayor Peterson Francis believes that one way of reducing crime in the city is to enforce existing loitering laws. Violators can be fined up to $1000.00 and up to two years in prison.
According to the Castries Mayor Peterson Francis, there are too many idle individuals within the city.
They consume alcohol and misbehave, creating situations which could lead to the commission of crimes.
It is the duty of law enforcement officials he says to enforce the existing laws.
Mr Francis says the laws of the country are there to protect its citizens.
So far for the year, the island has recorded three homicides.
In addition to that, a number of burglaries, robberies and attacks on individuals and business have been recorded.
According to section 519 2013 revised edition of the Criminal Code of St. Lucia, a person who loiters, carouses, or does any such like act in or about any shop, public place or public premises, and does not quietly leave or move away when asked to do so by any police officer or by the owner of such shop or his or her agent or by the person in charge of the public place or public premises, is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $1,000.
However, section 520 which refers to a habitual loiterer states that a person who, having been thrice convicted under this Code for loitering, is, within one year from the first conviction, found loitering in any shop, public place or public premises is liable to imprisonment for 2 years.

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