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Crime Statistics: Murders, Rapes And Armed Robberies Up

Outgoing Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade.

Outgoing Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade.

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Tribune Staff Reporter

sbrown@tribunemedia.net

LAST year was a “terrible and disgraceful” one with the country experiencing record numbers of murders, rapes and armed robberies, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade said yesterday.

While unveiling his policing plan for 2016, the commissioner said 2015 was a “very difficult year filled with crime challenges” for the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF).

He said despite a four per cent decrease in serious crimes against the person compared to the same period in 2014, murder, rape, attempted rape, unlawful sexual intercourse and armed robbery all increased by 19 per cent, 16 per cent, 33 per cent, 11 per cent and five per cent respectively.

Attempted robberies decreased from 31 to 12, a change of 61 per cent, and robberies decreased by 43 per cent from 350 in 2014 to 200 in 2015, according to the crime statistics.

Mr Greenslade said the country saw an “unprecedented level of murders which peaked at 146” as compared to 123 in 2014, according to police statistics. This represents an increase of 19 per cent.

Although there were 149 homicides in 2015 according to The Tribune’s records, Mr Greenslade said some of these matters have been classified as manslaughter matters.

Of the murders committed last year, 126 - or 86 per cent - were recorded in New Providence; 17 - or 12 per cent - in Grand Bahama and three - or two per cent - in the Family Islands.

The detection rate for murders in 2015 now stands at 46 per cent or 67 murders solved.

Mr Greenslade said the detection rate for murders in 2015 is relatively low when compared to other years due to intimidation of witnesses by murder accused who are granted bail, witnesses being approached by “unscrupulous” persons who convince them to recant their statements and retaliation by associates of victims.

An illegal firearm, predominately a handgun, was the weapon of choice by murderers in 2015. In 115, or 79 per cent, of murder cases, an illegal firearm was used, followed by knives that were used in 12 or 8 per cent of the cases.

In 34 murder cases, or 23 per cent, retaliation was the motive for the crime. Twenty-six cases involved general conflict between people, 13 cases involved armed robbery, 17 were domestic and 21 involved gang and drug feuds.

Sunday was the most violent day of the year in 2015 with 25 persons being murdered followed by 24 on Friday, 23 on Saturday and Tuesday, 19 on Monday and 16 on Wednesday and Thursday.

According to the figures, police confiscated 391 illegal firearms and 8,297 rounds of assorted ammunition in 2015.

Property crimes decreased by five per cent in 2015 compared to 2014. This was influenced by decreases in housebreaking and stealing, which fell by 25 per cent and 18 per cent respectively.

Burglary, stealing from a vehicle and stolen vehicles increased by two per cent, 14 per cent and 18 per cent respectively.

The commissioner said he is of the firm belief that the “market in our local communities for stolen property is the key reason that we continue to be challenged by these types of property crimes.”

Mr Greenslade said while reductions were seen in a number of serious crimes during 2015 “crime figures are still much too high and there still remains a high level of public concern over the record number of murders.”

He said the policing priorities for 2016 will remain the prevention and detection of crime, reducing the fear of crime and removing dangerous weapons, mainly firearms, off the streets.

As part of its crime detection efforts, the RBPF will further develop and properly staff an Anti-Gang Unit; aggressively target active criminals and monitor prolific offenders; and plans to acquire a helicopter for “rapid response” to serious crimes and patrol of hotspots, the commissioner’s 2016 policing plan says.

The RBPF also plans to continue saturation patrols in areas of high crime and extend the use of CCTV to help prevent crime.

Comments

John 4 years, 1 month ago

Murder up to 146, but the detection rate for decreased from around 65% to 46%. Meaning less than half the murders have been detected. Does this mean that murderers have become more sophisticated in avoiding detection, the police are falling off or it is a case of 'spy vs 'spy' where when a person commits a murder, they are killed before the murder they did was solved. ."Sunday was the most violent day of the year in 2015 with 25 persons being murdered followed by 24 on Friday, 23 on Saturday and Tuesday, 19 on Monday and 16 on Wednesday and Thursday. It appears the weekends start with violence and ends the same way. Are these mostly gang related or domestic or personal conflict cases. . According to the figures, police confiscated 391 illegal firearms and 8,297 rounds of assorted ammunition in 2015. Three Hundred and Ninety One firearms confiscated and also over 8,000 rounds of fire power: How many people went to jail or was fined ?(besides John Bostwick) Are citizens beginning to arm themselves out of the fear of crime or are more criminals toting guns and arms?

What about vehicle thefts? the police compound is spilling over with stolen vehicles and there are numerous videos on social media with car thieves in action and some even eluding capture after chases. What are the figures for car thefts and how many arrests?

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TruePeople 4 years, 1 month ago

Some joke, because they ein even funny. Next PLP Fail

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TalRussell 4 years, 1 month ago

With members of the print and broadcast media assembled, Comrade Chief of the Constabulary Greenslade's steel-eyed steer, seems have defused reporters from asking the chief questions about his crime rates are down (on paper) report - before he and his team of senior officers exited the constabulary headquarters media room – likes – can the Chief clarify, if the latest crime report (on paper) figures included a new category covering the escalation of prisoner escapes from his constabulary’s lawful custody?
Comrade reporters, you do know that (on paper) crime statistics, isn’t exactly how the citizens, legal residents, tourists and business people, does calculate on the real crimes happening in real time – to and around them and their neighbours?
Chief Greenslade, if you’re officers could just make an effort at normalizing the number of crimes against the persons, murder, rape, attempted rape, unlawful sexual intercourse and armed robbery – guess what - you and your entire constabulary can take rest year off and we the people will do just fine we own policing the rest crimes you left us deal with.
If they steal we O’Henry Chocolate bars or backyard chickens – the thieves can keep them – no criminal charges need be filed.
Commish I tell you what. We the people does duly promise issue we own traffic tickets and to pay all we traffic and court fines into the public treasury- so relax, enjoy your time off cause there will be no worries about, if your salaries will be deposited into your back accounts on time.
Relax Commish, It will once again be better and more peaceful in the Bahamaland. We will be well, self-policed.
Thanks Commish, finally Comrade Tal, didn't have enhance a story to make it more reader interesting.

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cmiller 4 years, 1 month ago

Serious crimes increased, but the crime rate decreased?????? What the hell???? They really believe that D average applies to the whole country????

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Honestman 4 years, 1 month ago

What depressing reading especially the fact that:

"the detection rate for murders in 2015 is relatively low when compared to other years due to intimidation of witnesses by murder accused who are granted bail".

It really takes a brave person to agree to be a witness in a murder trial in The Bahamas.

The justice system is failing Bahamians and neither of the major parties has any clue as to what to do about it.

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Godson 4 years, 1 month ago

Can anyone give an idea why attempted murder is down?

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Economist 4 years, 1 month ago

Yes, because more attempts were successful and so it was murder instead of attempted murder.

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Godson 4 years, 1 month ago

Is it only an Economist that could have come up with this correct answer? Spot on!!!

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sheeprunner12 4 years, 1 month ago

Who verifies these statistics????????????????

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TruePeople 4 years, 1 month ago

Who verifies anything around here?! There is no standard to be held accountable to!

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