By LK Hewlett
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- According to police statistics released on Friday evening, crime in St Kitts and Nevis increased by 56.8% in 2016.
The total number of reported crimes in 2016 was 1,643, compared to 1,048 in 2015, with all but two categories of crime showing increases.
The number of homicides increased from 28 to 31 over the comparative period, an increase of over 10%.
Breakings increased from 242 in 2015 to 415 in 2016, an increase of over 71%.
Larcenies increased by 81%, going from 215 to 390.
The number of robberies decreased by over 12%, falling from 65 in 2015 to 57 last year.
The incidences of 'shooting at with intent' showed marked increase of 160%, rising from 10 to 26 over the comparative period.
Reported sex crimes including rape, indecent assault and unlawful carnal knowledge also increased by 25%, going from 36 to 45.
Woundings by firearms fell sharply from 15 to 5 a decrease of 66%, while woundings by other means rose by 65%, rising from 69 in 2015 to 114 in 2016.
Drug offences, namely possession, trafficking, importation of illegal drugs, went from 204 to 275, an increase of 34%.
Malicious damage, arson reports almost doubled in 2016, going from 86 in 2015 to167, an increase of 94%.
Offences under the category of other crimes also rose from 29 to 47 over the comparative period.
Despite the rise in reported crimes, Commissioner of Police Ian Queeley said on Thursday that the six point crime fighting plan police have been employing since late 2015 has been successful.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network