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#482321 - 01/09/14 03:56 AM Major Crime Down In 2013
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The final figures for major crime in 2013 are in and they show that, as projected, major crime was down significantly compared to 2012. As we’ve reported, murder went down by 32% from 145 to 99. The greatest decrease was in the Belize district which recorded 58 murders compared to 90 in 2012. Cayo was the only district that recorded more murder with 25 in 2013, compared to 20 in 2012. Toledo and Orange Walk each had only two murders for the whole year.

But looking at major crime nationally, reports of robbery and burglary went down significantly while theft and carnal knowledge went up.

We note also that there was a huge increase in cannabis seizures, which went up almost 300%, cannabis seeds which went up almost a thousand percent, and cannabis plants which went up over 300%. All this is due to the assistance of the US military which provided helicopter support for the BDF as it went into remote areas of cannabis cultivation.

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#482326 - 01/09/14 04:30 AM Re: Major Crime Down In 2013 [Re: Marty]
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Statistics Show Belize Experienced 13.6% Crime Decrease in 2013

Belize seems to have experienced a slight decrease on the level of crime for the year 2013. Although it is the small decrease is no cause for celebration, it does provide some sense of relief to know that the Belize experienced an average of 13.6% reduction in major crimes.

The crime statistics have it that from the period of January 2013 to December 2013 a total 2,395 crimes in relation to murder, rape, robbery, burglary, theft and carnal knowledge were recorded; 377 less than in 2012. In the same period of January to December 2013, 173 shooting incidents were recorded 85 less than last year. However, there is an increase in the level of drugs confiscated for the year 2013.

The two most prominent figures in that area are processed cannabises which has a figure of 1,048,538 grams as oppose to the 2012 figure of 374,736 grams, and cannabis plants which has a figure of 145,852 as oppose to the 2012 figure of 41,325 grams.



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