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Crimes down by 14% – Premier

BVI News Online - Monday, January 13th, 2014 at 8:39 AM

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Declaring that “crime and tourism do not mix,” Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith on Monday announced that the number of crimes reported in the BVI last year declined by 14%, compared to figures for 2012.

He did not give statistics while making the disclosure during his budget presentation in the House of Assembly.

BVI News Online however checked with the police who confirmed that one murder was reported last year; that of Melbourne Francis. No one has been held for that gun crime which transpired on May 9 in Long Look, Tortola.

The single murder in 2013 is compared to three in each of the two previous years.

“The police have been doing a fantastic job keeping us safe and, as a result, there is now a 14% decrease in crimes reported in 2013 when compared to 2012,” Premier Smith told the House.

“Crime and tourism do not mix, and I will be looking for even sharper reductions in the crime statistics going forward…

“I would also like for us to remember and to express posthumously, our gratitude for the service given to the people of this territory by such officers such as {the late} Superintendent Richard Holder and also Maxwell Smith.”

The premier further told the House that he is pleased with the work being done to protect the territory’s borders.

“I must here recognize the commitment and hard work of the men and women who protect our borders; Customs and Immigration,” he said.

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  1. Statistics
    January 13, 2014
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    That is for reported crimes. Is it accurate to say that if it was not reported it did not happen?

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  2. Quiet Storm
    January 13, 2014
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    Any falling crime numbers is positive news. The falling numbers mean that some resident was not the victim of violent or property crimes. Nonetheless, a breakdown of the crime numbers would have been of value to the population.

    For example did all crime decrease or some decrease while others increase? How did the numbers compare to other locales? Did an increasing number occur during certain time of the year, ie, Christmas, Festival, Easter? Single number without reference does not tell the full story; they have to be put in perspective and context. Arming the populace with information help them protect themselves.

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    • January 17, 2014
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      Most crimes committed in BVI are Petty Crimes, and sexual assaults.

      BVI is NOT, a high crime jurisdiction despite the repetitious reporting on incidents of crime, which tends to convey the impression that ‘all hell has broken loose’.

      As BVI is a net importer of labour, we must
      remain highly selective as to sources, because experience has taught us ( as well as other countries) to do so.

      At home (BVI), early intervention is critical; we must identify the HIGH RISK FACTORS that contribute to a life of crime, and these factors are already well known.

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  3. ooooo
    January 13, 2014
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    is doc for real?

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  4. Justice
    January 13, 2014
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    They need to do something about thsoe tiefing guys around. We have far too many of them

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