ANGUILLA–The Royal Anguilla Police Force (RAPF) has recorded a reduction in crime for the second quarter of 2019 in comparison to 2018.
Overall the actual crimes reported dropped from 412 to 352 and the number brought to justice increased by 19 per cent. The report attributes the reduction to increased police patrols and key arrests.
Burglary has increased but the detection rate for burglary has also increased by 10 per cent. “This is commendable as burglary is one of those acquisitive crimes that plague our community,” the report notes.
Figures for serious crimes show a decrease over the period. There was a notable reduction in robberies by 29 per cent compared to the same period in 2018, with only two robberies in 2019 compared to six in 2018.
According to the report, the RAPF continues to make gun crimes a priority and as such has had several successes in seizures of firearms and ammunition over the period. The reporting of sexual offences continues to rise, which the report notes demonstrates a greater inclination of victims to report such offences. It is also testimony to the department’s efforts with respect to public awareness and maintaining confidentiality with each report made.
Complaints against police officers have received a fair and ethical process by the RAPF and show that the public holds officers to a high standard. This is as a result of the Police Standards Department.
Commissioner of Police Paul Morrison conveyed thanks and appreciation to all RAPF officers and staff for their commitment and hard work. “Monitoring of crime performance and having a very strong crime recording regime played a major role in the success achieved by the RAPF in this second quarter,” the commissioner said, noting that crime reduction requires an overall team effort.
He also expressed thanks to the people of Anguilla for their continued support in the fight against crime.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/89271-rapf-announces-reduction-in-crime-for-second-quarter