Davis says fear of crime increasing

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that the fear of crime is increasing in The Bahamas.

“The statistic of crime is not a true measurement of crime’s impact on society,” Davis said.

“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.

“That is what we need to be attempting, that’s the indices that you want to have reduced. I dare say it’s continuing to increase because the uptick in crime that they’re not speaking to is the number of robberies, theft that’s occurring.”

There were daily armed robberies between early-October and early-November, according to The Nassau Guardian’s records.

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.

“Once that devastation took place, it simply meant that the whole policing strategy, the whole country, changed,” Ferguson told The Guardian on December 9.

“Specifically in law enforcement, that changed also, and we had to make some changes to our plan in order to accommodate something that nobody could have foreseen. During the period, there will always be evil people in the world. We met them here and we will leave them here.”

However, Davis shot that down yesterday.

“Who are the victims?” he asked.

“Who are the perpetrators? Are they displaced victims of Dorian? They’re not. No one has said that.

“Dorian is taking the blame for everything now. You’ll never hear the end of Dorian. Dorian is going to be here with us for years to come.”

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Jasper Ward

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

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