St.Kitts-Nevis “CRIME CRACKDOWN” is paying great dividends. Launched in October 2018 and revised and enhanced in February of 2019 the RSNPF “CRIME CRACKDOWN has resulted in a 39% decrease in major crimes for the first quarter of 2019. This was announced by Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris at his most recent Monthly Press Conference held on Tuesday April 9th at the Parliamentary Lounge of the Government Headquarters.
PM Harris began his opening statement of the conference by commending law enforcement for their “very good work” that resulted in a significant decrease in major crimes when compared to the first quarter of 2018.
“My fellow citizens and residents, I wish to begin by commending our law enforcement officers on their very good work over the last 14 weeks ending April 06, 2019. We have enjoyed a period of relative calm save for the difficult period of the first half of February,” declared National Security Minister PM Harris
Prime Minister detailed the decreases as stated in the statistics provided by the Royal St.Christoper and Nevis Police Force.
“Statistics from The Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police reveal a significant
39 percent reduction in major crimes within our Federation, “ said PM Harris .
“Major crimes include homicides, non-fatal shootings, other bodily harm offences, robberies,break-ins, sexual assaults, larceny, drugs offences (possession or importation),firearms and ammunition offences (possession, importation and smuggling) and other major crimes such as threats to kill; malicious damage to property; fraud offences, and technology-related crime. Significant reductions were recorded in larcenies, break-ins, robberies, and other bodily harm offences leading to the overall reduction in major crimes in the Federation from 580 during the first quarter of 2018 to 352 for the comparative period this year.”
The statistics detailed by PM Harris indicated a reduction on both islands with a 42% decrease on St.Kitts and a 21% decrease in Nevis .
Reduction in Crime was recorded across all 3 Police districts: Districts A, B and C .
“For 13 of the 14 weeks, reported crimes were lower in 2019 than in the comparative 14 week period of 2018. The residents of our Country deserve commendation for this improvement in our situation,” PM Harris stated.
“The most significant decrease in major crimes occurred in Division A. Division a registered a 46% reduction compared with the same time period last year.
Division B, registered a 30% reduction compared with last year. Division C,which is Nevis, registered a 21% reduction,” PM Harris continued.
The downward trend in crime is certainly good news for the country as it continues to grapple with the 20 year old issue which is plaguing the Caribbean region.