Crime

Less than 100 murders in 2013

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter

The Police Department released its annual crime statistics and the most notable statistic is the dramatic reduction in murders from the year 2012 to the year 2013.
In 2012, there were 145-recorded murders while in 2013 there were only 99-recorded murders; that’s a 31 percent decrease in murder from one year to the next. January, April, May and September were the months with the highest number of murders at 13, 11, 10 and 12, respectively. August and November saw only three murders each while no other month recorded more than nine murders.
The Belize district saw a significant decrease in murder from 90 in 2012 to 58 in 2013. Corozal, Orange Walk, Stann Creek and Toledo also saw decreases in murder. The Cayo district was the only one to record an increase in murders, up five from 20 in 2012 to 25 in 2013. The number of shooting incidents also saw a decrease in 2013 dropping from 258 shootings in 2012 to 173 in 2013 with 106 of those shootings occurring in the Belize district.
Robbery and burglary also saw significant decreases in 2013. Robbery saw a 39 percent decrease, down 191, from 487 in 2012 to 296 in 2013. Burglary recorded a 19 percent decrease, down 216, from 1,106 reported burglaries in 2012 to 890 in 2013.
While rape saw a slight decrease from 28 in 2012 to 26 in 2013, cases of carnal knowledge increased from 56 in 2012 to 73 in 2013.
Arrests also decreased in every category except carnal knowledge, according to police statistics. Arrests for murder fell from 61 in 2012 to 45 in 2013. Robbery arrests fell from 181 in 2012 to 146 in 2013, and burglary arrests dipped from 271 in 2012 to 243 in 2013.
Arrests for rape went from 13 in 2012 to 11 in 2013 while arrests for carnal knowledge rose from 35 in 2012 to 48 in 2013.
The police statistics also reported that there was over 2,300 pounds of processed marijuana seized in 2013 compared to 826 pounds in 2012. In 2013 there were only 372 grams worth of crack cocaine seized compared to 2012’s 1,485 grams.
There were 124 firearms seized by police in 2013, 10 less than the 134 firearms seized the year before. There was an increase in ammunition seized though, in 2012 it was 1,352 but in 2013 that number increased to 1,429.
The number of arrests for firearms saw a slight decrease from 131 in 2012 to 110 in 2013. Arrests for ammunition saw an increase from 23 in 2012 to 54 in 2013. The number of arrests for drug related offences also rose from 1,227 in 2012 to 1,354 in 2013.

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