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St Lucia police report increase in crime

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 10:28 AM

CASTRIES, St Lucia CMC  – The police in St Lucia say there has been an increase in reports of crime for the period January to September 2017.

According to statistics released by the Central Intelligence Unit, reported crimes totalled 14,654 up from 13,359, an increase of 1,295 or 10 per cent when compared to the same period in 2016.

Over the period, total crimes declined during 2013 to 2016 but increased in 2017.

“Crimes accepted showed a similar pattern to reported crimes, reflecting a decline from 2013 to 2016, then increasing slightly between 2016 and 2017 by 1,218 crimes.

“Moreover, detection rates during the period showed gradual increases from 2013 to 2015, however, 2016 had an akin percentage to 2015. 2017 recorded the highest detection rate of 56 percent of accepted crimes being detected.With the exception of 2013, detection rates remained above 50 percent from 2014 through 2017,” the release stated.

Summary Offences recorded the highest number of cases – 55 percent, followed by Offences Against Property – 23 percent and Crimes Against Person – 16 percent.

These three categories accounted for 94 per cent of the total crimes recorded island-wide.

Sexual Offences recorded their highest total in 2017, realising a 17 per cent increase from the previous year.

St Lucia recorded 40 homicides over the period January 1 to September 30. This is compared with 21 homicides for the same period last year.

Over the review period, the police recorded a total of 38 islandwide when compared to the same period in 2016 where 20 murders were recorded, revealing an increase of 18 murders.