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Murders down 26 percent

Murders were down 26 percent for the first four months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

There were 23 murders in The Bahamas in 2019 up to April 30. Thirty-one murders were recorded between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018.

The country experienced its lowest murder rate in nine years in 2018, with 91 murders for the year, a 25 percent decrease compared to 2017, which saw 122 murders.

Violent crimes, particularly murders, have plagued Bahamian communities – mainly on New Providence – in recent years.

The most recent murder took place on Saturday morning, when a man was shot dead in front of a building on Hospital Lane, that brought the murder count to 24.

The government has committed to addressing the root causes of crime and pledged to develop target-based strategies, and modernize the branches of law enforcement.

There were 61 murders in 2006; 78 in 2007; 73 in 2008; 85 in 2009; and 94 in 2010.

The murder count first hit 100 in 2011 with 127 murders, a record at the time.

In 2012 there were 111 murders; 119 in 2013; 122 in 2014; 146 in 2015, the highest recorded; and 111 in 2016.

In January, when Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson released the crime statistics for 2018, he said that the decrease in violent crime was a direct result of improved efforts by the police.

“While we are indeed encouraged by the noted reductions in murder and other crime, I want you to know that the reductions did not happen by mere coincidence, but as a result of analyzing trends, refocusing policing operations and developing valuable intelligence,” he said.

“The operations and training of all areas of the force, working together in support of my anti-crime strategy and my policing plan, were deliberate and impacted the reduction in overall murders and other serious crimes.”

On the one year anniversary of the Minnis administration’s general election win, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis touted the reduction in crime as the government’s biggest achievement at that point.

As murders continued to trend down near the end of last year, Minnis declared in December 2018 that Bahamians were no longer fearful of crime.

Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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