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Govt hopes for reduced murder count of 85 by 2021

The government hopes for a reduced annual murder count of 85 before 2021, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday.

His comments followed the first release of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit’s report.

The report outlined the government’s goal to see a reduction in the number of murders to 85 by 2021.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Dames said, “We’re hoping to reach it before 2021…and we work in conjunction with the delivery unit to ensure that those measures are realistic.

“They are just measurements but we are hoping. As I said before, our job is to continue to work with the police to ensure that they have all of the resources necessary and to work with the other stakeholders to ensure that we continue to bring these numbers down. While that is a measurement for [2021], we are hoping to get there before [2021].”

The Bahamas 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 murders took place on Friday, when two men were stabbed to death in separate incidents.

“These are deep-rooted issues that we face in our country,” Dames said.

“It’s not only The Bahamas. It’s throughout the world. In developed societies and in developing societies, the issue of crime is key but I’m happy to say that based on what we’re seeing we’re trending in the right direction.

“We had that incident over the weekend but when you look at the other crimes, there were fewer, if any. I mean the crime reports were like a half a sheet.”

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.

Jasper Ward

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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