The government but more so the Minister of National Security tells us that 'serious crime' is down. Well isn't that something to be grateful for! (She said sarcastically). So tell me: "what defines serious crime"?? Does the attack by two men on my daughter in broad daylight, two minutes away from home in 2014 constitute 'serious crime'? Or is it just the 'murder' cases? We closed 2014 with over 400 murders. Four hundred and three to be precise. The figures were not down from 2013 even though in that year when it looked as though things were totally out of control, a State of Emergency was called. It would seem that was a good thing because had that not been the case, the statistics would have been much higher than the flour hundred and seven that closed the year. The worst year between 1994 and 2014, was a figure of five hundred and fifty in 2008. In 1994 the murders for the year were one hundred and forty three. It went down slowly over the next few years but there has been a steady increase since 2000 when we recorded one hundred and eighteen.
Between 2002 and 2007 there were three hundred and thirty eight kidnappings, some of them ending in murder. 2008 to 2014 saw thirty and again some of them ending in murders. These are not just statistics for some of us because we happened to know some of those people.
I know several families who have had members kidnapped and several too who have lost a loved one to murderers.
So back to my question: "how do the authorities define serious crime"? To me any crime is serious. Murder, kidnapping, rape, domestic abuse, theft, child abuse,incest......... these are figures of 'serious crime'
Murders and kidnapping figures look like this: (source TTCrime.com)
1994 to Present, Crime Statistics - TTCrime.com:
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|15 were female|
|24 were female|
|117 murders were in the POS District with 70 in the Western District|
|Big increase in the number of murders. A significant drop in kidnappings for ransom|
|The month of June had the highest number of murders for the year: 55|
|January and July had the highest number of murders at 46 in each month|
|According to the police the murder total for 2012 may be lower (to be verified)|
The country has been told that the Hanging Bill will be reintroduced into Parliament in 2015. Do we really want this? I have written about capital punishment before but I honestly believe that we have reached the stage where criminals don't care whether they live or die anymore. Especially those involved in gang related crime. They know they are going to die one way or the other. It is so bad that they no longer cover their faces or worry about cameras catching them.
And other serious crimes between 1990 and 2001 look like this. Do these 'serious crime' figures include murders? Kidnappings?
Serious Reported Crimes Previous Years
1990 -- 16,202
1991 -- 16,157
1992 -- 17,680
1993 -- 19,547
1994 -- 18,614
1995 -- 16,783
1996 -- 18,093
1997 -- 16,989
1998 -- 15,796
1999 -- 16,260
2000 -- 17,132
2001 -- 17,133
Other Crime Statistics
* Burglaries and break-ins only.
** Includes incest and other sexual offenses