Reports from the Police Commissioner, Chester Williams, have indicated that the major crimes committed in 2019 occurred primarily in the rural areas with minimal participation from gang affiliates. Williams called a special press brief today in Belmopan where he gave an overview of the crime statistics for last year.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “We’re seeing that the number one cause is alcohol consumption followed by drugs ,followed by gang related, and then domestic violence, so those are the four main causes of murders for 2019. We have also seen that the violence has shifted from the urban areas to rural areas, we are seeing now that a number of our murders for 2019 took place in rural communities as opposed to within the towns and cities. We will now have to now see how we can develop a strategy to be able to address the crime situation within the rural areas and one of the things that we will be using to address that will be the composite patrols, they’ll be tasked to go into the different rural areas where the problems are more prevalent. Additionally we have also seen from the crime trend that of the total number of murders committed 89 were committed with firearms, 19 with knives and 17 with machete so we’re seeing again that the three main weapons of choice used to commit murders are firearm, knives and then machete. Sex crime is up, particularly unlawful sexual intercourse, I think those are up by 66% but again you will know that those are things that occur within our home and those are not things that the police can really and truly police. Rape is also up I think slightly. Burglary, robberies, theft are down.”