In February, 2011, MiyVue.com spoke with Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Crime (ACP Crime), Ian Queeley, and asked about the statistics and when they would be released.
His indication was that, “By the end of February, we should be in a position to release those statistics.”
The Acting ACP, however, took the opportunity to explain that compiling statistics – which leads to them being released – “is not as simple a process as people think. The year has been finished but although the year is finished there is some data that still needs to be collected in terms of outstanding crime and it takes a little time get that sorted. We are working assiduously to get them out as soon as possible.”
According to public opinion however, the delay in the release may not necessarily hinge on the tedious nature of gathering information relative to the statistics – as explained by the Acting ACP- , but rather to the possibility that the crime situation has either remained the same or has worsened.
In 2009, the federation recorded 27 murders with that figure dropping by about seven in 2010. However, according to information reaching this media house, the perceived significant increase in break-ins and related crime which sparked concern by the public, suggests that a substantial increase may have been recorded in that area, albeit unconfirmed. The perception is also that, because of the possible increase in the statistics, the police force or the powers that be, may have some reservations about releasing them.
MiyVue.com spoke with ACP (Ag) Queeley recently to ask if crime has increased in 2010 over 2009, if it would not be best to eliminate all doubt by ensuring that the crime statistics are released in a timely and efficient manner and when the crime statistics would be released for public perusal, having missed the previous deadline.
The Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police declined comment except to indicate that the crime statistics for 2010 “will be released shortly”.
MiyVue.com also spoke with Minister of National Security, Sam T. Condor and when asked about the statistics, he indicated that those can be sourced from the police.