Last night, we told you how the weekend murders brought the unofficial count to 100 for 2020. That's our count, and it's based on the best information currently available. Tonight, the Government agency, known as the Belize Crime Observatory, has released a completed crime analysis report for the months of January 1st, 2020 to November 30th, 2020.
According to the Observatory, major crime was down by 30% for the 11 months of 2020, when compared to the same period last year. There were 818 major crimes reported between January to November 2020, which is a reduction of 352 reports from last year.
That's good news, but the bad news is that Murders increased in November 2020, both relative to the previous month, and November 2019.
12 murders were recorded in November 2020. That's 2 more than November 2019.
But, overall, murders were down by one fifth, or 21% from January to November 2020, when compared to the same period last year.
94 occurred during the first 11 months of this year, which is 25 less than the 119 murders which occurred for the first 11 months of 2019.
Approximately 9 in 10 victims were males. Out of the 94 victims recorded, 11 were females and 83 were males.
According to the Belize Crime Observatory, if the January to November trend continued into this month, the country's murder rate will be around 25 per 100,000 citizens, the lowest rate recorded since 2013.
The Belize Crime Observatory notes that the 30% decrease in major crime represents a marked improvement from the 8% decline registered For January to November 2019. This was attributable to the special measures, such as the COVID-19 State of Emergency, and the targeted police interventions to counter gang-related violence, such as the Southside State of Emergency, and other police strategies.Channel 7