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Violent crime decreases in USVI; VIPD reports official crime statistics to FBI

VIPD - Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 1:37 PM

The Virgin Islands Police department, through its Planning and Research Unit, has recently submitted official 2011 VI crime statistics to United States Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.

SEE MURDER, ROBBERY AND BURGLARY STATISTICS BELOW

“More than 1700 law enforcement agencies submit crime statistics to the UCR,” stated Assistant Police Commissioner Raymond L. Hyndman. “This reporting establishes a uniform guideline for criminal case classification as well as qualifies the Virgin Islands for certain Justice Department grants.”

The use of UCR classifications will eliminate the reporting of unofficial local crime figures, Hyndman said. Following FBI and UCR guidelines local crimes are specifically categorized and uniformly reported.

FBI policy states that all law enforcement agencies must use standard UCR definitions crimes.

“The Virgin Islands Code is consistent to these national standards,” Hyndman said, and went on to explain certain categories.

Under the UCR and the VI Code First Degree Murder is defined as the unlawful killing of a human being. Suicides, accidental deaths and traffic fatalities are not included in this category.

Justifiable homicide is an act committed by public officers while in the line of duty, and does not constitute murder.  Additionally, justifiable homicide includes the killing of another by a private citizen in the lawful defense of such a person or others.

Under these guidelines, in 2011, the territory reported the following to the FBI UCR:

Murders

There were 41 murders recorded in the territory in 2011. This is a 26% reduction in the number recorded in 2010 which was 57 murders.

St. Thomas recorded 16 murders in 2011. This is a decrease of 46% compared to the number recorded in 2010 which was 28 murders.

St. Croix recorded 27 murders in 2011. This is a decrease of 6.9% compared to the number recorded in 2010 which was 29 murders.

St. John did not record any murders in 2011 or 2010.

Robberies

There were 275 robberies recorded in the territory in 2011. This is a 2.83% reduction in the number of robberies recorded in 2010 which was 283.

St. Thomas recorded 164 robberies in 2011. This is an increase of 1.23% compared to the number recorded in 2010 which was 162 robberies.

St. John recorded 3 robberies in 2011. Three robberies were also recorded in 2010.

St. Croix recorded 108 robberies in 2011. This is a decrease of 8.47% compared to the number recorded in 2010 which was 118 robberies.

Burglaries

In 2011 the territory recorded 1371 burglaries. This is an increase of 2.08% in the number recorded in 2010 which was 1343 burglaries.

St. Thomas recorded 760 burglaries in 2011. This is an increase of 6.44% compared to the number recorded in 2010 which was 714 burglaries.

St. John recorded 54 burglaries in 2011. This is a decrease of 37.93% compared to the number recorded in 2010 which was 87 burglaries.

St. Croix recorded 557 burglaries in 2011. This is an increase of 2.77% compared to the number recorded in 2010 which was 542 burglaries.

“These figures show that the VIPD is making great strides in reducing violent crimes and crimes against property in the Virgin Islands,” Hyndman said. “With the continued commitment of the community to be the eyes and ears of the VIPD, these statistics will continue to improve.”

“Finally the VIPD is able to report official statistics, so this community, as well as national and regional populations can refer to these as the official numbers. These statistics will allow the VIPD to maximize our resources as well as compete for several law enforcement and crime prevention grants that may be available to us,” stated Hyndman.

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