Police: Fear of crime indeed down

With a double-digit dip in murders so far for the year, Acting Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour yesterday agreed with recent comments from both Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and National

Security Minister Marvin Dames that there is a noticeable decrease in the fear of crime.

“Just recently, you’ve heard that none other than the most honorable prime minister say that the fear of crime is minimizing in the country; you’ve seen it, we are feeling it. We are getting that every day from members of the public,” Seymour said.

“That fear will continue to minimize because, as crime stats go down and, of course, as they see what we are rolling out, they can go about their business as usual without fear of being a victim of crime. And so, we are pretty sure that the fear of crime is, in fact, decreasing across The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”

Murders are down 30 percent this year, compared to last year, and police claim armed robberies are also down 14 percent.

There have been 84 murders for the year so far.

This compares to 119 murders around the same time last year.

If this pace continues, The Bahamas is on par to have the lowest murder count since 2010, when 94 murders were recorded.

In 2017, there were 122 murders and 111 in 2016. The official murder count for 2015 was 146.

In 2014, 123 murders were recorded.

One-hundred and nineteen murders were recorded in 2013; 111 in 2012; and 127 in 2011.

Last week, Minnis said Bahamians are no longer fearful of crime.

“They were fearful of coming out of their homes, fearful of driving around, etc. That fear has been relaxed. They are no longer fearful of crime; they’re no longer fearful of going to shopping centers, environment, etc. And we will even decrease that even further. I am greatly pleased and encouraged by what the police is doing,” he said.

Seymour yesterday attributed police successes this year to Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson’s policing plan.

“I just came out of a meeting just half an hour ago with the team. We meet every Tuesday morning, and we are encouraged by the signs that we are seeing and will continue to see going into the end of the year,” he added.

When asked about the specific statistics, Seymour said he did not have the authority to release those as they fall under the purview of Ferguson.

“But I can safely tell you that we are pretty pleased; we are pretty encouraged by the numbers we are seeing across the board in terms of the various categories of crime,” he said.

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Sloan Smith

Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas. Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications

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