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Murder rate down

NASSAU — Cases of murder have dropped 13 per cent this year compared to the same time in 2011, according to The Nassau Guardian’s records.

So far this year, 80 murders have been recorded compared to the 92 recorded up to August 28, 2011.

Earlier this year, the murder count was on pace to exceed last year’s record of 127.

In May 2012, 21 murders were recorded, the most ever recorded in a single month. At that time, the murder count had outnumbered last year’s count by 11.

However, the number of murders began to slow in June.

National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage told reporters yesterday the implementation of several crime fighting programmes are a part of the reason serious crimes have decreased.

“If you notice, if you want to be fair, and if you look at what is happening with the incidences of crime with the measures that we have introduced to date, I think that we are not doing badly,” he said while at Her Majesty’s Prison.

“I think that there has been a reduction in the number of the significant crime instances.”

Since the Christie administration took office, it launched parts of its crime fighting initiative “Project Safe Bahamas”, which includes Urban Renewal 2.0.

Nottage is hopeful that the murder count will be lower at the end of 2012 when compared to 2011. (Nassau Guardian)

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