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Crime Down slightly but Commissioner says ‘We can do better’

Providenciales, 18 Mar 2015 – The Year 2014 Shows a slight reduction in crime and a lower detection rate by Police. However, it was disturbing though not surprising to learn that there has been an incredible spike in crimes against tourists over three years.

The year 2012 showed 23 crimes against guests; a big leap of 113 in 2013 and another climb with 168 cases recorded for last year against our visitors.

Theses are figures released today for the past two years by the executive of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

Last year 3,247 crimes were recorded. The average rate of crime announced as nine per day in 2014. Detection was at 24%.

In 2013 the rate was the same with a 28% detection record which ASP Rodney Adams described as good when compared internationally.

When it comes to burglaries, 2013 was busier with that sort of investigation. The figures: 838 Burglaries for 2014; 867 for 2013 and 802 for 2012.

Drug offenses were up last year; 92 cases in 2014 compared to 71 cases in 2013.

There was a decrease in firearms cases and robberies remained the same at 79.

As for what is happening in 2015; crime is trending up. There were 316 cases in January and 283 reports in February. Last year the same period saw 292 cases in January, with 242 crimes February 2014.

As for the status of the two police jeeps involved in last week’s speed chase ending on Leeward Highway; one is repairable, the other a write off.

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