There will be a record level reduction in crime in The Bahamas next year, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames declared yesterday.
“We’re excited about the possibilities in 2020 because we’re going to put a lock on this country,” Dames said.
“And The Bahamas can expect to see record level reductions in crimes and migrant smuggling and drug smuggling and firearm smuggling and the likes.”
Dames’ comments came as the murder rate for 2019 outpaced the year before.
So far this year, there have been 95 murders.
The murder tally in 2018 was 91, the lowest count in nine years.
Last week, Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson said the increase in murders toward the end of the year was a result of police force resources being stretched thin in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
On Sunday, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said that the fear of crime is increasing in The Bahamas.
“I think the fear of crime – that indicator – is more important to me than whether we have 10 murders in one year or 50 in the year… It is when you are afraid to walk your street, you are afraid when leaving work what’s going to be happening to you,” he said.
“That is what we need to be attempting, that’s the indices that you want to have reduced.”
Yesterday, Ferguson told reporters that the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) is focused and working “to try and reduce whatever fear of crime is in the community and to keep the Bahamian people safe”.