January – June 2016: 74 Murders + 449 Cases of Theft = 90 Arrests

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Updated: July 11, 2016

The Belize Police Department has issued a crime statistics comparative report for the first half of 2015 and 2016.  The report has noted that for the first half of 2016, there have seventy four murders with a comparison of seventy three during the same period last year.  While in 2015 thirty six arrests were made in murder investigations, only twenty four have been this year.  Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams spoke to the media on the unease being felt in the city because of the recent murders.

CHESTER WILLIAMS

The most prevalent crime for both 2015 and 2016, according to the statistics, is theft with four hundred and forty nine cases reported this year and only sixty six arrests made.  The data for the amount of firearms confiscated and stolen is interesting as while officers have managed to take ninety firearms off the streets, the amount of firearms stolen has increased from eleven in 2015 to twenty nine in 2016.  The amount of illegal substances confiscated has almost tripled since last year with more than six hundred and fifty thousand grams of drugs found by the police.  The arrests made, however, are a mere nine hundred and sixty three when compared to the quantity of drugs taken in.  The drugs ranged from processed cannabis to crack, cocaine, heroin and methane.  Other crimes reported on include rape, robbery, burglary, and unlawful sexual intercourse which went from seventeen reported cases in 2015 to thirteen in 2016.