Vice President of the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce, Osmond Jackson, said there are increased concerns on the crime situation in the parish.

He noted that the Chamber is currently working on medium to long-term measures to curtail the high levels of crime.

Osmond Jackson, Vice President of the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce.

President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Janet Silvera, is making a similar argument that the laws are inadequate to deter crimes in the Western region.

Ms. Silvera added that the implementation of SOEs could impact the tourism and business sectors of the region.

She says the government needs to look at other solutions from the Diaspora.

Janet Silvera, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

However, Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Western, Morland Wilson, is welcoming the SOEs in the parish.

According to JCF statistics, Westmoreland has seen a 56 per cent increase in murders.

Mr. Wilson is urging residents to adhere to the directives given by security forces in their effort to end criminal activities in the parish.