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St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): According to police statistics, which were only released by the Police High Command on Friday evening (Feb 24), crime in the federation increased by 56.8% in 2016.

The total number of reported crimes in 2016 was 1643, compared to 1048 in 2015, with all but two categories of crime showing increases.

The number of homicides increased from 28 to 31 over the comparative period, an increase of over 10%.

Breakings increased from 242 in 2015 to 415 in 2016, an increase of over 71% .

Larcenies increased  by 81%, going from 215 to 390.

The number of robberies decreased by over 12%, falling from 65 in 2015 to 57 last year.

The incidences of 'shooting at with intent' showed marked increase of 160%, rising from 10 to 26 over the comparative period.

Reported sex crimes including rape, indecent assault and unlawful carnal knowledge also increased by 25%, going from 36 to 45.

Woundings by firearms fell sharply from 15 to 5  a decrease of 66%, while woundings by other means  rose by 65%, rising from 69 in 2015 to   114 in 2016.

Drug offences, namely possession, trafficking, importation of illegal drugs, went from 204 to 275, an increase of 34%.

Malicious damage, arson reports almost doubled in 2016, going from 86   in 2015 to167, an increase of 94%.

Offences under the category of other crimes also rose from 29 to 47   over the comparative period.

Despite the rise in reported crimes, Commissioner of Police Ian Queeley said on Thursday that the Six Point Crime Fighting Plan police have been employing since late 2015, has been successful.

Author: LK HewlettEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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+1 #3 Jeffrey L Donovan 2017-02-26 04:52
You made some good points Federation and now with these statistics disseminated by the CoP, we wonder if law Enforcement will have the intestinal fortitude to implement draconian measures to stop this runaway crime train that is wreaking havoc on our nation.
0 #2 steve 2017-02-26 00:31
Chopping off of hands seems a retrograde step. to resort to such barbaric action is an admission of failure.
+2 #1 Federation 2017-02-25 20:51
The rise in crime amidst the noble effort of Law Enforcement, support my theory or notion that to better manage crime, we must enact tougher laws that will strangle those committing serious abuses. Team Unity grow a spine, that all others have failed to grow and legislate laws to chop off the hands of persons committing gun crimes, rape, robbery, burglary, possessing or dealing in hard drugs specifically cocaine and grievous bodily harm. If America legislate such a law tomorrow, 90% of the world will follow them without a question! Shouldn't take the lead and demonstrate boldness and wisdom in erasing crime from our landscape? Psalm 10:15 gives a command and also promises, that persons engaging in their violence will be found out. There will be a lot of ratting or squealing, and SKN will be purged of violence. Choose today whether we continue crying or start rejoicing for relief from fear and savagery. This is time to shut down evil and build a nation of excellence based on the Word.

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