Federation’s Crime Detection Rate Drops


The statistics, released on 10th May, 2011, indicate that 2243 reported crimes were committed in 2010 of which 667 or 29.75 percent were solved. In 2009, however, 2195 reported crimes were committed of which 32.53 percent or 714 were solved by the police.

The comparison of both sets of statistics reveals that not only was there an increase in the number of reported crimes by 2.18 percent, but also that the detection rate dropped by 2.78 percent.

Of the four categories into which all crimes are placed: Offences Against the Person, Offences Against Morality, Offences Against Property and Offences Against Lawful Authority, an increase in the rate of detection was achieved in the Offences Against the Person category. In 2009, 53.71 percent of those crimes were solved and in 2010, the rate of detection increased by 2.09 percent.

However, in the areas of Offences Against Morality and Offences Against Property, the 2009 detection rates stood at 71.67 percent and 15.70 percent respectively. Detection rates recorded in 2010 for these categories stood at 64.06 and 14.52 percent, registering decreases of 7.61 and 1.18 percent respectively. The 100 percent detection rate for Offences Against Lawful Authority was maintained.

Of the 20 murders which were committed in 2010, 3 or 15 percent were solved, a decrease from the 25.93 percent detection rate recorded in 2009. Twenty incidences of attempted murder were recorded in 2010, of which 4 or 20 percent were solved; a decrease of 13.3 percent over 2009. With regard to incidences of wounding (with the use of a firearm), a zero percent detection rate was recorded; it stood at 5.6 percent in the previous year.

Additionally solving cases of larceny, house breaking and larceny, house breaking with intent and burglary continue to prove challenging for the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.

In 2009, 17.58 percent 7.09 percent 11.11 percent and 3.36 percent, respectively, of these crimes were solved. And in 2010, 17.07 percent, 8.52 percent, 8.97 percent and 5.77 percent detection rates were recorded for the respective areas of crime.

High rates of detection were recorded for offences of non-firearm-related Woundings, 82.05 percent, and also for offences of possession of drugs and possession of firearm-related offences. For offences of possession of controlled drugs, possession with intent to supply, cultivation of controlled drugs, possession of firearms, possession of ammunition, the 100 percent detection rate which was recorded in 2009, was maintained.

The 2010 crime statistics indicates that with respect to the island of St. Kitts and the island of Nevis, the latter has a detection rate of 45.63 percent – an increase from 2009’s 36.94 while St. Kitts’ detection rate is 26.62 percent, a decrease from 2009’s 31.74 percent.

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