by Eulana Weekes
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force has released the 2021 Major Crime Statistics for the Federation of St.Kitts and Nevis. Based on the statistics presented, crime detection improved in 2021.
The Murder/Manslaughter cases reported in St Kitts and Nevis in 2021 was 13; four in Nevis and nine in St.Kitts, seven of which were solved. There were four Shooting with intent cases which are all unsolved. Wounding with the use of firearms stands at zero a continued trend since 2019.
Six attempted murder cases were reported in 2021, four of which occurred in Nevis and two in St Kitts. Four of the total cases were solved. Other Bodily Harm Crimes (Wounding, Grievous Bodily Harm, Actual Bodily Harm) saw a total of 171 cases reported, including 8 juveniles. 146of those cases were solved.
In addition, there were 39 Sex Crimes (Rape, Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, Indecent Assault); two juveniles were involved. 16 of those cases were detected.
Break-ins were at a total of 217 in 2021; 37 in Nevis and 180 in St.Kitts, 19 juveniles involved. However, only 61 of those cases have been solved. As it relates to Larcenies, 447 cases were reported;16 juveniles involved. 319 of such cases are unsolved. There were a total of 17 Robberies, six cases solved.
The Royal St.Christopher and Nevis Police Force also revealed that the possession or smuggling of guns and ammunition cases was a total of 12 in 2021, with a detection rate of 100 percent. The Possession, Trafficking, Importation of Drugs also had a detection rate of 100 percent, as all 20 cases were solved.
A total of 249 Malicious damage cases were reported. Of these cases, 8 juveniles were involved.100 of which are yet to be solved. As stated in the document, 40 other crimes were reported, and 31 of them have been solved.
Comparing the 2021 Major Crime statistics to 2019 and 2020, 1,358 reports were made to The Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force in 2019, where a total of 18 juveniles were involved and 542 cases were solved, a detection rate of 39.9 percent. In the year 2020, a total of 1,125 cases were reported to the police, 21 juveniles involved. 442 of those cases were solved with a detection rate of 39.3 percent.
However, in 2021, there were a total of 1,235 reports made, an increase in crime by 110 cases over 2020. There was also an increase in juvenile involvement in crime from 21 in 2020 to 56 in 2021. With 531 cases solved, the detection rate surpassed that of 2019 and 2020 with a rate of 43 percent.
Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis and Minister of National Security, the Hon Dr. Timothy Harris during the March 1, 2022, edition of Leadership Matters reported on the improved crime detection rate in the Federation and the factors that contribute to the “Stronger, Safer, Future” agenda promised to the people of St Kitts and Nevis.
“We achieved the best crime detection rate in over 20 years last year. There is of course no room for complacency and we would wish to reach a point where homicides no longer occur in our Federation. This is of course an aspirational goal, which will keep us working hard.” Our success so far in crime fighting is as a result of substantial investment in our security infrastructure, building new and renovating police stations, Defence Force and Coast Guard Facilities, investment in CCTV Monitoring System, provision for an adequate supply of vehicles, and the construction and build out of our Forensic Lab. Investment in hard infrastructure, while improving the environment for work to be done, clearly is not the end in itself. It must be buttressed by training, intelligence-led proactive policing and introduction of strategic programmes that de-incentivize criminal activities and encourage persons to become law-abiding citizens and residents.”