Belizeans Feel Safer as Murders Decrease by 25% Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

The Government’s employment programs in major municipalities across the country and the precinct policing strategy being executed by the Belize Police Department has resulted in a significant reduction in crime. The Belize Police Department recently released the major crime statistics for the first seven months of 2013 and it shows that major crimes have been reduced by over 12 percent.

Major crimes statistics are the most revealing picture of the citizen security status of a community. These include murder, rape, carnal knowledge, robbery, burglary and theft. From January to July in 2012 there were 1,607 major crimes compared to only 1,403 during the same time this year. There was a significant decrease in murders. There were 88 murders in the first seven months of 2012 and only 67 this year. Cases of rape decreased from 18 to 13. There were 302 robberies, 633 burglaries and 540 cases of theft in 2012. In 2013 there have been 166 robberies, 536 burglaries and 577 cases of theft. Theft is one of two major crimes to increase in the first seven months of 2013. Carnal Knowledge is the other. There were 26 carnal knowledge cases in 2012 and there have been 44 this year. 

It was a rough start to the year in the Belize District as there were 36 murders in the first four months of the year. The situation improved dramatically however as there were only 16 murders total in the months of May, June and July. There were eight murders in Belize City during those three months and only one in the entire month of July. It is for that reason that the Eastern Zone Formation won the Police Minister’s monthly Award for greatest reduction in major crimes for the month of July. Assistant Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura, Head of the Eastern Zone, received a cheque for $1,000 from Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar, on Wednesday, August 21st.