Major crime down in the Federation according to the Commissioner of Police

This disclosure was made at a graduation exercise for twenty-five new Island Constables at the Police Training Complex.

To support his argument, Commissioner Walwyn disclosed statistics for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He told the media that there was a slight increase in murders between 2012 and 2013 while indicating that 2014 remained on the same level. He added that break-ins, saw a significant drop during that same period.

“Murder in 2012, we had 18; 2013 we had 21 and 2014, 21. We also had break-ins in 2012 at 536, 2013-432, 2014-69, or a drop of -37.7%,” Commissioner Walwyn said.

However, statistics kept by this media house indicate total number of murders for the period 1st January to 31st December 2014 to be 25, contrary to the figure that the commissioner indicated.

Continuing with his disclosure, Commissioner Walwyn said larceny for 2012 stood at 457, while in 2013, there was a drop of 109 to 348, and a further decrease of 104 in 2014, bringing the total figure to 244, an overall decline of 213 over that three-year span.

Robberies also had a significant decline during the same period according to the commissioner.

“Robberies, we had 61 in 2012. We had 57 in 2013 and 52 in 2014 a breakdown of -8.8%. Wounding including firearms and incidents where we had actually filed a report, we had 104 in 2012, 99 in 2013 and 79 in 2014 or a difference of -20.2%,” he indicated.

He continued, “Malicious damage or Arson, which is the same category, 201 in 2012, 155 in 2013 and 114 in 2014, a difference of -26.5%,” Walwyn said.

Moving to firearms and drugs, he disclosed figures which showed a major decline in these activities with figures for 2012 standing at 363, 2013-343, and 2014-250, with a percentage difference of 27.1.

“Overall, we had 1,885 reports in 2013, 1,613 in 2013 and 1,130 in 2014, and crime down 29.4%,” he said.

The commissioner attributed the results to an increase in Force patrols and visibility.

“We have had an increase in our patrol. We have had an increase in our visibility. We changed the shift patterns. There are more patrols with more visibility, (and) you have less of a chance to commit crimes. We are not going to stop crime, nobody can, but by us being out there, we are making a difference,” the commissioner pointed out. 



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