The document titled, “The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force January – December 2010 Crime Statistics” was disseminated by the police force’s Press and Public Relations Officer, Inspector Vaughan Henderson on 9th May, 2011 and gives a general overview of the reported criminal activity the police’s performance with regard to detection.
The body of statistics, as compared to those from 2009, reflects notable increases in a number of areas while registering significant decreases.
A slight increase in overall crime, from 2195 in 2009 to 2243 in 2010 (2.19 percent) was recorded within the Federation and of those 2010 crimes, 366 were committed in Nevis and 1877 were committed on St. Kitts. This registers a 9.91 percent increase in crime occurring on Nevis and a 0.81 percent increase in crimes occurring on St. Kitts.
The number of murders committed in 2010 decreased by 25.93 percent from 27 in 2009 to 20 in 2010.
All crimes were categorised into four sections “Offences Against the Person”, “Offence Against Morality”, “Offences Against Property” and “Offences Against Lawful Authority”. In St. Kitts, incidences of Offences Against the Person decreased by 7.88 percent from 203 in 2009 to 187 in 2010 and a decrease of 25 percent was also noted in incidences of Offences Against Lawful Authority.
Increases, however, were noted in the remaining categories: 5.8 percent regarding Offences Against Property, from 1382 in 2009 to 1462 in 2010 and 16.35 percent regarding Offences Against Morality.
Nevis showed increased of 42.31 percent, 4.37 percent and 23.9 percent in the first, third and fourth categories respectively with a decrease of 33.36 percent being recorded in the second.
Break-ins, according to the body of figures, constitute 36.11 percent of reported crimes committed within the Federation in 2010, with larcenies constituting the second largest portion of the statistics, 23.76 percent. Firearm and drug-related offences followed comprising 11.32 percent and malicious damage comprising 9.67 percent of total reported crime.
Murder, robberies and woundings and other crimes accounted for 0.89 percent, 3.88 percent, 6.11 percent and 8.25 percent of the crimes recorded for 2010.
The fight against crime continues to be an uphill struggle and Minister of National Security Sam Condor recently outlined an Anti-Crime Strategy which, included in which is a 10-point plan of action. The plan includes increasing patrols, use of the Island Constables Bill and soliciting assistance from countries abroad.
Minister Condor said his hope is that this will assist in reducing the number of crimes committed and increasing the level of security in the Federation.