The Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force says crime was at a relative low in 2019 compared to the previous year.
Police Chief, Daniel Carbon compared data for 2018 and 2019 at a police briefing on Friday, Feb 21st.
“In the year 2018, a total of 906 serious crimes were reported to the police. In 2019, however, we realized a slight reduction and a total of 835 serious crimes were reported to the police.
“For minor offences, in 2018, 3,856 minor crimes were reported and in 2019, 3501 minor offences were reported to the police,” he said.
Minor crimes in 2019 were down by 355 according to police reports.
He revealed that there were 11 reported murders in 2018 and 10 in 2019- still much too high, the Police Chief believes.
He says 8 of those 10 murders in 2019 were solved and six of the 10 were gun-related.
Guns are becoming of significant concern to law enforcement.
In 2018, he said there were 16 offences related to firearms- shooting with intent- and in 2019, there were 20.
Chief Carbon appealed, “I would like to take this opportunity to again call on the general public to provide the necessary information/evidence that can help us recover the firearms from the hands of persons whom we know have them in possession. It is of serious concern and that would help us to remove these illegal firearms from the hands of would-be criminals.”