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Crime per capita - Jamaica not so bad

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

The Editor, Sir:

While Jamaica's current overall crime rate is too high, comparatively speaking, the island is not as bad as some persons may think, and is actually better than others may perceive it to be.

On the most recent global crime statistics list that I examined, via the internet (NationMaster.com), I learnt the following and, in some cases, was pleasantly surprised:

Robberies - Jamaica ranks 52 out of the 81 countries listed; Robberies (per capita) - Jamaica ranks 20 out of the 64 countries listed; Rapes - Jamaica ranks 27 out of the 84 countries listed; Rapes (per capita) - Jamaica ranks 6 out of the 65 countries listed; Murders - Jamaica ranks 21 out of the 83 countries listed; Murders (per capita) - Jamaica ranks 3 out of the 62 countries listed; Murders committed by youths - Jamaica ranks 72 (LAST PLACE) out the 72 countries listed; Murders committed by youths (per capita) - Jamaica is NOT among the 57 countries listed; Murders with firearms - Jamaica is NOT among the 46 countries listed; Murders with firearms (per capita) - Jamaica is NOT among the 32 countries listed; Total Crimes - Jamaica ranks 58 out of 82; Total Crimes (per capita) - Jamaica ranks 37 out of 60.

Based on the aforementioned statistics, there is still a lot of work left to be done to reduce the incidence of crime in Jamaica, particularly in the areas of murder, robberies and rape.

While the police are there to protect and serve, putting a major dent in the crime problem requires an 'all-hands-on-deck' approach. I think the underlying guiding philosophy that should be adopted and used by the State, civil society and the Church, towards tackling the crime monster is, 'Prevention is better than cure'.

I am, etc.,

PATRICK GALLIMORE

pagalley@hotmail.com