Letter: Crime, Caribbean-style: Lessons from St Vincent – Part 3

Dear Sir:

Despite the intense interest in the alleged increase in crime in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) in recent years, comprehensive local records are out of date or incomplete. Notwithstanding the unwillingness of the current regime to share information about this important topic with the citizenry in a timely fashion, except for murder statistics – which it cannot easily conceal — Table 1 summarizes the locally available crime records for the nine year 2008-2016 period (with the 2008-2012 data gathered from local records).

  1. The figures refer only to reports made to or by the police. They do not reflect actual arrests or convictions for criminal activity. This is a critical issue that cannot be overemphasized. For example, property crimes involving the theft…

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