Some Bourda Market vendors have taken their safety into their own hands by opting to hire their own armed security after expressing a lack of confidence in the City Constabulary.
Following the killing of popular cheese vender Troy Ramalho during a robbery, some have also formed themselves into patrol groups.
They have also indicated a willingness to work along with the City Constabulary that is currently short of staff.
This move however does not sit well with Town Clerk Royston King who has expressed the position that private security firms do not have the right to enforce city-by-laws. He also said that only the Constabulary and the Guyana Police Force have the right to enforce these laws.
He has however suggested that other measures can be put in place to help curb criminal activity within the vicinity, such as the installation of security cameras.
Chief Constable Andrew Foo has since stated that following the killing of Ramalho, plain clothes officers have been placed on the ground to monitor the on-going situation, while indicating that he was made aware of the presence of three armed guards within the area.
According to information received, Ramalho was sitting on a bench at his business place, and had just finished tending to a customer when two men walked up to him and shot him.
Ramalho was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
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