Increase in murder but overall drop in crime rate say police

The statistics provided by the police indicate that there was a 15.3% drop overall when the period January to December 2013, is compared to that of 2012.

In December 2013, alone there was a heavy drop of 40% in crime, said the police.

However, there was an increase in 2013 of murder when 21 persons lost their lives through violent means, mostly via the growing gun culture that has invaded the two islands that make up the independent nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. In 2012 there were 19 homicides.

Authorities have also disclosed that in 2013, wounding, which includes firearms incidents, fell 2.9 percent. Malicious damage and arson were down 23.4 percent, while firearms and drugs were also down 6 percent. 

Police have identified a number of new initiatives that they account for the overall crime drop, saying operations were stepped up in rural areas which resulted in almost 20 firearms being removed from the streets. There was also an increase in the number of community meetings in an effort to learn from residents how the Force can best serve them.

Last December, the police, through the media and their website, issued tips to help keep the public safe during the Christmas and Carnival season and statistics showed that recorded crimes for that month were down 40.8 percent when compared to December 2012.

The 40 percent decrease in the monthly total is commendable considering it follows an additional 38 percent drop in crime in 2012 compared to figures in December 201, said a police release.

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