By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The tentative number of murders for 2014 already exceeds that of last year, according to the crime comparative statistics released by the Belize Police Department this week.
While there are still some days left in 2014, the number of recorded murders stands at 121, which is up from last years’ 99.
The Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of National Security, Retired Colonel George Lovell, told the media this week that the figures represent the second lowest murders have been in the last five years.
Lovell also said that while the police’s efforts have lowered incidents of violent crime in Belize City, the Cayo District is showing signs of an upward trend in murders.
Apart from murders, the statistics also give data on incidents of theft, rape, robbery and burglary – all with varying changes when compared to previous years.
Thefts are the highest they have been in three years with a total of 1,192; while burglaries were the lowest in three years with 821; this averaged to around 68 burglaries per month. Incidents of rape took a sharp turn up from 26 in 2013, to 42 this year, while robberies fell by two when compared to last year from 296 to 294; this is after a dramatic fall when compared to the 400 plus robberies in 2012.
A notable feature of the statistics was that no carnal knowledge data was presented from July to December 2014. The total number of carnal knowledge cases for January to June stood at 43.