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Armed robberies down 14 percent, police say

Superintendent Shanta Knowles said yesterday that armed robberies for the year so far decreased by 14 percent compared to the same period last year.

Knowles was asked about crime statistics during a police press conference regarding holiday safety tips.

“Of course, I think you would realize that we are almost at the end of the year and our analysts are analyzing the system to get our numbers correct so that when the commissioner does make his presentation he would give you accurate numbers,” Knowles said.

“What I can tell you is numbers on armed robberies.

“We can tell you that so far for the year, we are at a decrease of about 14 percent in armed robberies, despite the fact that we are still seeing them. We are still at a decrease as compared to the very same time last year.”

Knowles however, did not provide any armed robberies figures.

According to statistics released by Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson earlier this year, armed robberies fell by 27 percent, from 783 cases in 2016 to 575 cases in 2017; attempted robberies increased by seven percent, from 15 cases in 2016 to 16 in 2017.

Robbery fell by 34 percent, from 175 cases in 2016 to 115 cases last year.

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