Bahamas crime down 13 per cent

regionalbahamaspolicechiefNASSAU — Crime decreased by 13 per cent between January 1 and April 14, 2013 compared to the same period in 2012, according to statistics released by Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade yesterday.

There were 3,492 crimes reported during this period last year compared to 3,025 reported this year.

According to the statistics, all violent crimes are down except for attempted rape, armed robbery which saw a three percent increase and attempted robbery, which increased by 38 percent.

Crimes against the person decreased by one per cent while crimes against property decreased by 16 per cent.

Murders are down 26 per cent; attempted murders decreased 60 per cent and rapes decreased seven per cent.

There were 28 murders recorded during the first three and a half months this year compared to 38 in 2012.

Statistics also show that there were two attempted murders up to April 14 compared to five in 2012.

Police recorded 27 rapes so far this year and 29 rapes last year this same time.

The number of reported attempted rapes went from one case up to April 14, 2012 to eight cases during the same time this year.

There were 338 armed robberies so far this year compared to 328 last year.

Unlawful sexual intercourse is down 14 per cent with 44 reported so far this year and 51 cases reported this time last year.

Robbery is also down three per cent with 111 so far this year and 114 cases reported this time last year.

There were 11 attempted robberies, compared to the eight recorded up to the same point last year.

As it relates to crimes against property, every category recorded a decrease except for shop-breaking.

Burglary is down 28 per cent; housebreaking is down 26 per cent; stealing is down four per cent; stealing from vehicle is down 21 per cent and stolen vehicle matters are down 13 per cent.

Shop-breaking went up 10 per cent. There were 233 cases reported up to April 14 last year, compared to the 256 recorded so far this year. (Nassau Guardian)

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