Even as citizens continue to complain about the crime situation in the country, the Guyana Police Force is reporting that criminal activities are actually on the decline.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Police Force said the month of September saw a 21/% decrease in serious crimes when compared to the same period in 2015.
“There was a 9% reduction in reports of murder; a 5% decrease in gun-related robberies; a 17% decrease in armed robberies where other instruments were used; a 15% decrease in robberies where no instruments were used; a 25% decrease in Robbery With Violence; a 4% decrease in Robbery With Aggravation; a 33% decrease in Larceny from the Person; a 19% decrease in Rape; a 13% decrease in Burglary and a 21% decrease in Break and Enter and Larceny respectively”, the statement said.
According to the Police, over the past 9 months, sixty-seven illegal firearms have been seized, which include 29 pistols, 21 revolvers, and 17 shotguns.
The Force believes that the “consistent and continuous reduction in all of the above listed serious crimes, is an indication that the strategies are working well, have yielded and will continue to yield positive results, thereby assuring all citizens that their collaborative effort in partnering with law enforcement is vital.”
The Police Force credits exposure to training both locally and internationally as playing a role in better crime management and investigation.
From January to September of this year, ninety-seven officers and other ranks have benefitted from overseas training in all aspect of policing as previously stated but now includes a) Training to combat human trafficking for Judicial Authorities b) Victim identification, referral and assistance and c) Public Corruption and Ethics.
But while there is a decrease in serious criminal activities, road fatalities continue to climb.
At the end of September, One hundred deaths were recorded on the country’s roadways. There have been a number of other road accident related deaths since the start of October.
The Police statement said that “it must be noted however, that had it not been for the operationalising of “Operation Safeway” in Mid-September, that number would have likely been higher. There was a reduction in serious and minor accidents by 12.2% and 9% respectively.”