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Belize City Murders Down by 65 Percent in Second Half of 2015 Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 January 2016 00:00

Major crimes are down nationally by 11 percent, according to the Reported Crimes Comparative Statistics of the Belize Police Department. Major crimes are murders, rape, robbery, burglary, theft and carnal knowledge. In 2015 there were 2,216 major crimes, 278 less than the 2,494 such offenses reported in 2014.

In 2014 there were 245 violent crimes committed against people. Those include 123 murders, 43 rape cases and 79 incidents of carnal knowledge. In 2015 there were 233 violent crimes against people reported. Those crimes were 119 murders, 40 cases of rape and 74 reports of carnal knowledge. There were 2,249 crimes committed to obtain property in 2014. These include 291 robberies, 835 burglaries and 1,123 reports of theft. There were only 1,983 crimes committed to obtain property in 2015. Those are 214 cases of robbery,  742 cases of burglary and 1,027 theft. 

Major crimes to obtain property decreased by 11.8 percent when comparing 2015 to 2014. Violent crimes against people only decreased by 4.8 percent in that same period. There were only four less murders in 2015 than in 2014. That is a decrease of 3.3 percent.

There is even better news for Belize City. Though murders only decreased by 3.3 percent nationally, it decreased by 30 percent in Belize City. There were 59 murders in Belize City in 2014 and only 41 murders in 2015. That is a decrease of 30.5 percent. There were 26 murders in Southside Belize City from January to June of 2015 and only 8 from July to December. The first half of the year was slightly more than the murder rate for that same period in 2014. There were 25 murders from January to June of 2014. However, murders decrease by 65. 2 percent for the second half of the year when compared to the second half of 2014. There were 23 murders from July to December of 2014 but only 8 from July to December of 2015.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2016 12:52