Saint Lucia police have announced an overall increase in reported crimes of 432 or 2 percent in 2016,compared to 2015.
The announcement was made by Corporal Mervin Robinson of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
According to Robinson, there was a 54 percent crime detection rate last year, which was higher than 2015 despite a higher number of crimes reported.
“This rate was the highest experienced over the past four years,” the police official stated.
He disclosed that the number of detected crimes for 2016 increased by 595 or 7 percent compared to the previous year.
With regard to the distribution of crimes island wide, Robinson said crimes against the person, offences against property and summary offences represented the highest number of reported cases.
He revealed that the three categories accounted for over 95 percent of the total crimes recorded.
Robinson said there were increases in almost all the major crime categories, including murder, sexual offences, firearm offences,offences against property, drug offences and summary offences, whereas crimes against the person recorded a slight decrease when compared to the year 2015.
The northern sector recorded the highest number of crime reports in 2016, accounting for 40 percent of total reports.
The Central and Southern sectors each recorded 30 percent, with the Central Sector recording 132 more accepted cases that the South, Robinson explained.