The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association has issued a security advisory to its members warning them to avoid areas around the east dry river in Port-of-Spain where there have been reports of gun battles between rival criminal gangs in recent days.
The DOMA advisory says quote "the Piccadilly street /Dry River route is a very popular transit/shortcut for those departing Port-of-Spain to go east, usually exiting in the area of Besson street to join the Beetham highway or the eastern main road
Doma is advising its members to avoid the route until further notice.
The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) is expressing "guarded optimism" regarding the announcement by Mayor Joel Martinez and Deputy Mayor Hillan Morean to ‘’reduce’’ the activity of wreckers in “Port-of-Spain” by 50 percent.
The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) says the silence of major interest groups to the high rate of murders of prison officers, is not serving the country well.
DOMA says there must be an urgent response to the murders of prison officers.
The organisation issued the following statement on Wednesday:
"We wish to offer sincere condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Prison Officer Darren Francis.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has met with members of the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA), where security and law and order issues were discussed.
The meeting took place on Wednesday.
A police statement said that the meeting was held at the request of DOMA President, Gregory Aboud, and afforded Commissioner Griffith the opportunity to hear first-hand the concerns of the downtown Port of Spain business community.
Among the concerns raised were the safety of shoppers and parking in the capital city.
The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) says the nominee for the post of Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, has attracted its attention.
DOMA issued a statement on Tuesday, critical of the approach taken by the Police Service Social and Welfare Association.
"We wish to join with a wide cross-section of the national community in expressing surprise at the comments attributed to the Police Service Social and Welfare Association on the possible appointment of Captain Gary Griffith as Commissioner of Police.
The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) says the feeling that we have lost control and that law-abiding citizens are running for their lives is becoming a widely discussed and accepted view among all strata of our society.
DOMA says there is a need to send a message to villains and murderers that the state is in control and that law-abiding citizens are not easy targets.
DOMA issued the following statement on Monday morning:
The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) says it is time to take back the country and the business group believes the use of the Defence Force can help.
DOMA believes the presence of members of the Defence Force still commands public respect and there is a desperate need for their visibility.
The business group says it is fed up of the rhetoric associated with crime fighting.
It says citizens want results, not the usual blame game and distraction.
DOMA says right now it seems as if criminals have taken over.