ANGUILLA — The Corporate Development Department of the Royal Anguilla Police Force has release the crime statistics for the third quarter of 2020 (Jan – Sept). The release has also showed a comparison of its crime figures for the same period in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
The amount of actual crimes reported in 2020 have been reduced by 9% in comparison to 2019, and 32 % in 2018 (down from 635 to 433 crimes in 2018, and from 476 to 433 2019). Additionally, the reduction between 2018 and 2019 was 25% for the same period and the brought to justice outcome in 2018, 2019 and 2020 amounted to 27%, 46% and 42% respectively.
During the third quarter, there has been a reduction in all crimes. Despite the challenges of Covid 19, the overall crime performance is good for the period i.e. (94% detection in serious crimes and 79% detection in all crimes). Acquisitive crimes have seen an increase by 24% for the same period 2019 (138 crimes in 2019 and 171 crimes in 2020 for the same period). Burglary remains a high priority crime with seventeen (17) crimes more than the same period in 2019.
Figures for serious crime shows that there was a decrease in serious crimes reported for the same period in 2019 by 7%. The RAPF continues to make gun crimes a priority and as such has had several successes in seizures of firearms and ammunition, firearms recovered resulted in a 22% increase over the same period for the previous year. Hence supporting our ambitions in keeping Anguilla safe.
The Royal Anguilla Police Force remains committed to protecting the community of Anguilla and will continue to perform their duties at the highest level of standards. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you the citizens of Anguilla for the great partnership we have fostered over the years and look forward to mutual benefits.
The Commissioner of Police Mr. Paul Morrison takes this opportunity to convey thanks and appreciation to all the officers and staff of the RAPF for their commitment and hard work. Commissioner Morrison stated that crime reduction requires an overall team effort and also express thanks to the people of Anguilla for their continued support in the fight against crime. God bless the RAPF and God Bless Anguilla.