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MAJOR CRIMES and MURDERS DIP IN SECOND QUARTER

MAJOR CRIMES and MURDERS DIP IN SECOND QUARTER
July 13
10:51 2018
Adele Ramos: Freelance Reporter

Belize has in recent years recorded one of the highest homicide rates in the world, per capita, but this week law enforcement authorities here reported a substantial downturn in the spate of major crimes during the second quarter of 2018.

The dip in major crimes during that period amounted to nearly 30%, and concomitant with that decline was a fall in murders from 13 last June to 4 this June. The year-on-year fall marks the lowest monthly murder count recorded in nearly 5 years. The last time any month recorded a figure so low, according to official information, was in November 2013. This represents a sharp contrast with the state of play in March 2018, when 21 murders were recorded.

Similarly, major crimes had hit a high in April but then fell over two successive months to the lowest count since March 2017.

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