Major crime still trending downward

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames.

Major crime in the country remains down, according to National Security Minister Marvin Dames, although he gave no exact figures.

The national security chief, who spoke with Eyewitness News recently, attributed the curb in crime to increased patrols by the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) and its recently relaunched community neighborhood watch program.

“All of the key areas of crime are down including homicides,” Dames said.

“The commissioner and his team continue to press to make the streets safe.

“In addition to the increased visibility, increased presence of police in the communities, the use of surveillance cameras and other technical means to further enhance their ability to prevent and detect crime, the police are also engaging in crime prevention and community relation activities, whereby they are building relationships with the various communities throughout New Providence.”

The minister reported to Parliament earlier this year that for the first quarter of 2018, overall crime figures were “trending downward” with murders on the decline by 45.2 percent.

He also conceded at the time that “there is still a lot of work left to be done”.

Dames also told Parliament that armed robberies were down by some 31.8 percent, while crimes against the person and property showed a decrease of 14 percent nationwide while stolen vehicles were down 13 percent.

In addition, he said 102 firearms were removed from the streets of the country, while 3,365 rounds of ammunition were also confiscated.