Over the past years, the media has had to make requests and wait for quite some time before it would be issued copies of the crime statistics, for perusal and dissemination to the public.
With the year 2010 ended, 2011 is 52 days into its existence (almost two months) with the month of March fast approaching.
MiyVue.com contacted Commissioner of Police Austin Williams to enquire about the statistics for 2010 and he suggested that the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ag) with responsibility for Crime, Ian Queeley, be contacted and asked about the statistics.
The ACP (Ag) explained that “by the end of February, we should be in a position to release those statistics.”
Asked why the process takes as long as it does, the ACP (Ag) explained that, “It’s 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.”
Since weeks ago, however, District ‘C’ of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force released its crime statistics during a Partnership Community Togetherness Meeting between members of the police force and members of the community.
According to information emanating from the meeting, Nevis recorded a 9 percent increase in reported crime which was coupled with a 10 percent increase in the rate of detection in 2010, as compared with that of 2009. This however, would not present an accurate picture of the crime situation in the federation until data from both islands is collected and compiled.