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(Trinidad Guardian) This country’s high murder rate continues to be driven primarily by gang and drug-related activities and a study has shown there are more than 100 gangs operating in T&T, according to the US State Department’s 2017 crime and safety report.

North East and Central Trinidad showed the highest murder rates in last year and the report, released earlier this week, says crime is the principal threat to visitors with most being crimes of opportunity.

T&T was described as is a major trans-shipment point for illicit drugs and drug-related crimes was described as a significant contributor to crime.

“T&T Police Service 2016 crime statistics show a 1.4 per cent increase in overall serious criminal activity compared to 2015. Violent crime remains a major concern for local security services and the general population,” the report said.

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