Thieves strike 8 times at centre for the disabled

The Na­tion­al Cen­tre for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties is now call­ing on cor­po­rate T&T to help them se­cure their fa­cil­i­ty with cam­eras and alarms af­ter thieves struck the cen­tre eight times this year, the most re­cent oc­cur­ring on­ly this week.

The cen­tre lo­cat­ed on New Street, San Fer­nan­do, trains 210 dif­fer­ent­ly-abled peo­ple in a range of vo­ca­tion­al skills in­clud­ing, wood­work, weld­ing, food prepa­ra­tion, of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tion, gar­ment con­struc­tion, book­bind­ing and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy.


How­ev­er, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Dr Bev­er­ly Beck­les said they have ex­pe­ri­enced a set­back in hold­ing class­es be­cause of the bur­glar­ies.

On Mon­day when the trainees ar­rived they found bro­ken glass on the floor.

The thieves gained ac­cess by cut­ting through the roof.

They stole a wide ar­ray of hand tools used in the vo­ca­tion­al de­part­ment.

They smashed the glass cas­es con­tain­ing snacks and they ran­sacked the of­fices.

Again yes­ter­day morn­ing, the trainees were greet­ed with shat­tered glass and bro­ken items.

Once again Beck­les said they came through the roof and stole kitchen uten­sils and of­fice sup­plies.

Dur­ing pre­vi­ous break-ins this year, Beck­les said a flat-screen tele­vi­sion do­nat­ed by crick­et leg­end Gus Lo­gie, as well as lap­tops and fur­ni­ture were stolen from the cen­tre.

Beck­les said they were fed-up with the break-ins and were nev­er able to af­ford to hire se­cu­ri­ty guards.

With the lit­tle sub­ven­tion they get from the gov­ern­ment, Beck­les said they are hard­pressed to pay their 61 mem­bers of staff as well as pro­vide ma­te­ri­als for the trainees.

She not­ed that some of the items stolen still have not been re­placed.

The mat­ter has been re­port­ed to the po­lice and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

Reporter: Radhica De Silva

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