2012 Crime Statistics Released By Police Department
The Belize Police Department has recently undergone a change in hierarchy in the various levels of heads of departments with Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie at the helm. But thatís not the only major change the department has undergone, every single ranking officer will now hold on to their seats by a performance based review.
Each head of department will be subject to periodical performance reviews to ensure that crime statistics decline and not continue to escalate as has been the trend over the past few years. The police department released the statistics for 2012 today and what we can safely say is that crime had risen from 2011 to 2012.
The number of murders rose from 124 in 2011 to an all-time high of 145 in 2012, an increase of 21 more murders for last year with the Belize district having the most murders at 90. Rape went up by one count from 27 to 28 for 2012. Robbery saw the biggest increase to 487 from 447, a difference of forty more robberies last year than the previous year. The biggest increase in robberies was registered in the Belize District which saw fifty-six more than in 2011. Burglary went up by twelve reports last year totalling 1,106 while the only decline in statistics was seen in theft reports which went from 1,024 in 2011 to 950 in 2012. Reports of carnal knowledge increased by six from 50 to 56 with the highest number registered in the Cayo district. In total, there were 2,766 crimes reported in 2011 and six more reported in 2012 at 2,772.
Despite these increases in reported crimes, the numbers reported for arrests are a far cry from a passing mark in the departmentís report card. Out of the 145 reported murders, only 61 persons were arrested, a disappointing 42%. Thirteen persons were arrested for the 28 counts of rape, 181 arrests made for the 487 robberies equalling only 37.1%, and a mere 24.5% for burglaries with 271 arrests for the 1, 106 burglary reports. 288 persons were arrested for 950 crimes of theft and 35 persons arrested for the 56 crimes of carnal knowledge. Despite these dismal percentages for arrests made for these crimes, the police department are reporting an increase of 2.4% for convictions.
Increases were also reported in the amount of processed cannabis, cannabis seeds, cannabis plants, and crack seized by the department with a major decrease for Cocaine. In 2011, the department seized 200,214 grams of cocaine while reporting only 55,413 grams confiscated for 2012; a difference of 144,801 grams or 72.3%. Why the drastic decline? Well, weíll leave the speculations and conspiracy theorists to hash that one out, no pun intended.
The amount of firearms seized increased by 3.7% to 134 in 2012 while the amount of ammunition confiscated declined by 21.3% to 1,352.
With these latest figures reported by the Belize Police Department, we here at CTV-3 truly believe that the performance based reviews will motivate officers on all levels, to do a little bit more to crack down on crime. We are also more than sure that it will add more pressure and work on an already thinly spread and overworked group of police officers.
By all accounts, 2013 has already shown that it will be a difficult year for the men and women of our police department.