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Serious crime down in Bahamas

NASSAU — Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage said yesterday serious crimes have dropped 14 per cent from the start of the year through February 26, compared to the same time last year, and murders fell by 24 per cent during the same period.

Nottage said in spite of the most recent murders, the numbers suggest that the government’s crime fighting strategies are producing results.

He added that saturation patrols, Urban Renewal 2.0, the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s selective enforcement unit and intelligence gathering have had an effect on crime levels.

“The trend has been downward,” said Nottage as he contributed to debate on the 2012-2013 mid-year budget statement in the House of Assembly.

“From January 1 to February 26, serious crimes in The Bahamas have been down 14 per cent, and that is this year…

“Murders are down by 24 per cent compared to the figures from 2012 despite recent reports of murder that we have heard about.

“So while there is good work being done by the police there are still far too many crimes being committed in New Providence by young, adult males.

“The majority of these perpetrators of these crimes are repeat offenders who seem committed to a life of crime and who have no regard for themselves or anyone else.”

Nottage said the Christie administration will continue to pour resources into law enforcement agencies and social programmes.

“We are going to have to find solutions which will encourage our angry young males to play a more meaningful role in the building of their society,” he said. (Nassau Guardian)

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