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Rapes rise, but overall crime down

While murders and shootings have seen significant decreases compared to the same time last year, rape increased by 12 percent, according to statistics released by police yesterday.

There were 55 incidents of rape between January 1 and December 18 this year, compared to 49 last year, police said.

Armed robbery decreased by 16 percent, with 460 occurring so far for the year compared to 547 last year.

As it relates to stolen vehicles, police said there have been 361 incidents compared to 450 last year, a 20 percent decrease.

Shootings have decreased by 39 percent, with 67 occurring so far this year, compared to 110 the same time last year.

Police said included in this number are 10 incidents of attempted murder where charges have been filed.

With 89 murders having been recorded so far for the year, murders have seen a 26 percent decrease.

This compares to 120 murders around the same time last year, according to police.

However, there has been a spike in murders this month. 

The count climbed by 11 in 15 days.

The Bahamas is on track 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 is 146.

In 2014, 123 murders were recorded. One-hundred and nineteen murders were recorded in 2013; 111 in 2012; and 127 in 2011.

Asked yesterday whether police are confident that the country will not hit the three digit murder mark with less than three weeks left before the end of the year, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said, “The Almighty God is our guiding star and that is who we look to. I think from the time you know me as commissioner, I never just speak things, I watch things, I analyze it and when the opportunity comes, then I speak.”

 

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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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