Patrols to tackle crime

NASSAU — Prime Minister Perry Christie lamented yesterday the high incidence of violent crime in the country, promising an increase in saturation patrols in New Providence in an effort to prevent “irrational killings”.

Prime Minister Perry Christie (right) at yesterday’s function.

“Every time a Bahamian is shot, murdered, or some young man or young men kick down somebody’s door and kills whoever they meet inside, we have a remarkable record in finding them,” said Christie during the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the United States of America Partnership Dialogue at Police Headquarters on East Street.

“Where I would like to place the emphasis is on stopping them from doing that. I have indicated to the minister of national security [and] the commissioner of police, that we will provide them with every means possible in terms of equipment to ensure that they are able to effectively carry out their mandate.”

Attempted murders were up 125 per cent nationwide between January 1 and November 8, 2012 compared to the same period last year, according to the latest crime statistics released by police.

But murders were down 12 per cent. (Nassau Guardian)

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