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Murders down 36%

Murders in The Bahamas decreased by nearly 36 percent between January and October 2018 compared to the same period last year.

There have been 74 murders for the year so far. This compares to the 116 murders during the 2017 period.

The latest incident occurred on Tuesday, when police reported that the body of a man was found in bushes behind an abandoned hotel at Okra Hill, off Shirley Street.

There have been five murders this month. This represents a 50 percent decrease compared to the 10 murders recorded in October 2017, and a 58 percent decrease compared to the 12 murders recorded in October 2016.

Traditionally, there has been an uptick in crime leading up to the holidays.

According to Superintendent Shanta Knowles, police have scaled down officers on administrative duty and added them to the uniform patrols.

Knowles said those patrols will continue throughout the holiday season.

There were 122 murders last year, up from the 111 murders in 2016. There were 146 murders the previous year, which remains the record.

In his 2018 Policing Plan, Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson pledged to focus on crime hot spots, disrupt organized crime groups, pay special attention to at-risk youth groups, regularly share data on wanted persons, heighten police visibility through patrols, employ appropriate technology and forensic science capabilities and promote the activities of existing crime watch groups.

Last month, Ferguson said authorities continue to target prolific offenders and gangs.

Other strategies, including increased police presence and the targeting of night clubs and intelligence-based operations, have also contributed to a decrease in crime, particularly murders, according to Ferguson.

The commissioner said recently police have exceeded expectations relating to his policing plan for the year.

On the one-year anniversary of the Free National Movement’s general election win, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis touted the reduction in crime as the government’s biggest achievement.

Sloan Smith

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications

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