The Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging businesses to take their safety into their own hands and invest in security equipment, such as cameras that can record images of criminal elements in the dead of night.According to the Chamber’s President, Radesh Rameshwar, the body has been meeting with Divisional Commander Leslie James in order to play its part in theThe Region Three Chamber President urges the business community to complement the Police Force’s effortscrime fight.“We’re asking businesses to put in security cameras. And we have been having regular meetings with the Commander and to assist them with things like motor bikes to help them be more active in their response to these crimes.”He added, “For the business people, we want to urge them to be extremely careful. We want to advise them to invest in these cameras so it would help. Especially cameras with the night vision, so they can help in capturing these criminals.”Rameshwar acknowledged that many of the normal cameras were excellent at capturing footage during daylight hours. But he noted that the resolution was poor during the night, hence his call for businesses to invest in night-vision cameras.The Guyana Police Force had recently announced that it has recorded an 11 per cent decrease in serious crime up to the end of July, when compared to the same period last year.In June, the Force also reported a seven per cent decrease in serious crime.Based on statistics provided by the Guyana Police Force, there has been a 16 per cent reduction in the incidents of murder for the month of June; a four per cent decrease in incidents of robbery wherein no instrument was used; a five per cent decrease in incidents of robbery under arms; a four per cent decrease in incidents of robbery under arms wherein instruments other than firearms were used, but there has been a 64 per cent increase in incidents of robbery with violence and a 53 per cent increase in incidents of larceny from the person.In addition, the Police have recorded a six per cent decrease in incidents of rape, as well as a one per cent decrease in incidents of burglary and a 19 per cent decrease in incidents of break and enter and larceny.Meanwhile, for July, there has been an 18 per cent decrease in incidents of murder; a 17 per cent decrease in incidents of robbery under arms; and a 10 per cent decrease in incidents of rape. Other crimes – such as robberies with violence, robbery with aggravation, and larceny from the person – are on the increase.Seventy murders were committed for the year thus far, with those stemming from disorderly behaviour topping the list with 32.Thirteen murders were committed as a result of domestic disputes; 11 stemmed from robberies; the motive behind eight was unknown, four were executions and two persons were killed for reasons other than those mentioned above.