Basseterre, St. Kitts, Monday, 11th March, 2019, (MyVueNews.com) – Police officials in St. Kitts say they have been analyzing recent crime statistics, and have found a significant overall reduction in the number of incidents, for the year, when compared to a similar period in 2018.
Acting Commissioner of Police, Hilroy Brandy, explained that “Overall, according to the preliminary data, there have been 178 less victims of crime for the opening months of the year, than at the same time last year.”
However, though the general trend is downward, residents of the two islands in recent weeks have expressed concerns regarding the high number of homicide for the year, with some eight victims already being recorded.
The picture in other areas, other than homicide, said the senior police officer, has been more encouraging, when it comes to crime reduction.
Brandy said their preliminary statistics for 2019 show that January and February have 48% less crimes recorded than during the same months in 2018.
Of particular note, added the acting commissioner, is that burglaries are down by 68 percent.
There has also been a 44% reduction in the number of larcenies reported, and malicious damage cases have decreased by 41%, stated Brandy.
He credits, what he terms has been “The robust policing plan implemented by the Police…”
This he opined has resulted in the continued decrease in the number of crimes committed in the Federation for the year so far.
Acting Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy credits this achievement to the Police Officers who have been executing the recently revised strategy and members of the public who have been assisting the organization.
“I wish to thank the citizens of our wonderful Federation for their patience and understanding during the times when serious crimes occur. I also want to thank those who encourage us while we strive to eliminate such atrocities. I appreciate the persons who are working with my men and women to ensure that crime in St. Kitts and Nevis is reduced,” the Acting Commissioner said.
The overt presence of officers on the ground and the Police’s modernization in the use of covert technology has played a huge part in this reduction.
Acting Commissioner Brandy assured that the Police would continue to listen to the public, in addition to using intelligence to further disrupt criminal movements as much as possible. Cooperation among security forces and community policing, he noted, are also key elements of the current crime fighting strategy.
Brandy said work is progressing on a Community Policing style of operation that serves all of citizens, especially those who are vulnerable.