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Crime Rate in the TCI



Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, September 9, 2022 – The murder rate in the Turks and Caicos for the year 2022 up to September 8th is 45.5 per 100,000 inhabitants, an exceedingly high rate on par with some of the most violent Caribbean countries.

The rate was calculated by Magnetic Media, using formulas from the California Attorney General’s office, population data provided by Deputy Premier and Minister with responsibility for Statistics, and crime data provided by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

The TCI murder rate far exceeds Jamaica’s murder rate which stands at 37.3 per 100,000.   As of September 1st, the country had had 1018 murders in a population of 2.76 million (per the last census), versus the TCI which has had 16 murders as of September 8th, with a population of 35 thousand (as per government statistics).

In terms of the Dominican Republic and how the TCI compare, the Turks and Caicos Islands again topped the larger country.  According to the Police, the murder rate of that country was 11.1 percent in 2021, with 1,349 homicides in a population of 10.8 million people.

Again, the Turks and Caicos dominated the Bahamas, up to June there were 74 homicides in the larger island chain with a population of 404 thousand, a murder rate of 18.3 per 100,000, versus the Turks and Caicos who up to June had 8 murders, a then rate of 22.8 per 100,000.

The TCI far outpaces the other British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean.  Bermuda had 7 murders in a population of 64 thousand per the latest information available (2020). The British Virgin Islands had 9 murders committed between 2020 to January 2022, with a population of 30 thousand.

Not only is the severity  figure extremely alarming on its own, the Turks and Caicos’ low rate of convictions is even more frightening.

Additionally, this year all but 2 of the 16 homicides were committed with a gun. Minister of Immigration, Arlington Musgrove, pointed out that The Turks and Caicos does not manufacture guns, yet there seems to be an abundance of them on these small islands.  And not just pistols, several videos of attackers, the most brazen of which occurred at a small grocery store in broad daylight in early 2022, have proven the existence of high-powered weapons in the country.

There has already been at least one advisory by the US against the TCI.  More violence could lead to irreparable damage of the burgeoning tourism product on which the economy depends.


Aggravated Burglary



#TurksandCaicos, April 15, 2024 – The recent aggravated robbery targeting a five-member household is undoubtedly distressing for both the victims and the community at large.

Superintendent (Division A) Willet Harvey said, “Around 11:21 pm yesterday (April 14th) evening, the Police Control Room received a report that four masked males, three of whom were armed, entered a residence at New Subdivision, Grand Turk, and proceeded to rob the occupants.

The armed suspects managed to flee the scene on foot and escaped.

“Following the report, officers were dispatched to the scene, conducted extensive searches and interviewed individuals. Based on the information received, we are actively pursuing several leads that will lead to arrests in the shortest possible time.

“The incident highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and proactively safeguarding homes and families. I advise people to enhance their home security by locking doors and windows when inside, investing in a CCTV system, and ensuring adequate outdoor lighting. Should you have any information on this burglary or illegal activities in Grand Turk, please call 946-2299. ”

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information.

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Caribbean News

Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 



Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer 


#TrinidadandTobago, April 15, 2024 – Heinous crimes continue to plague the Caribbean region, the latest the beheading of a four year old girl in Trinidad on Tuesday April 9, leaving a deep sense of shock and sadness over her town, Fifth Street, Five Rivers, Arouca in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago.

The little girl whose life was severely cut short is identified as Amarah Lallitte and her killer is reportedly her step-father.

Reports are saying he killed her between 10 pm Monday and Midnight Tuesday.  Her mother Tricia Villaruel, 41, who filed a domestic disturbance report, expressed deep grief and disbelief at the fact that the stepfather, 39, would hurt her.

Villaruel reports the events before her daughter was killed.  She recalls the stepfather acting strange which she said is unlike him.  She expressed that he was acting like he was schizophrenic, as if “he was a different person, and different personalities were talking to me that night.”

She said she left to get help from the police out of fear that he would harm her and going she tried to bring Amarah, who she highlights wasn’t coming.

“but she not coming.  She was laughing like she thought we were playing so I had no choice.”

Following the mother’s report to the police, they went back to the house to find it locked up and in darkness.  The officers called for the stepfather who came out calm with no blood on him.  Villaruel was then told to get her daughter.  It was at this time that she was found dead by her mother who screamed at the sight of her daughter’s headless body.

Her head was reportedly stashed in a barrel at the back of the house and her body in another room.

At the sight of the decapitated four year old, some officers were moved to tears according to Richard Smith, Senior Superintendent of Police, in reports.

In fact he says they may need counseling from the Victim and Support Unit and they were deeply affected, as would any human being.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the station for questioning.

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Male Charged with Robbery



#TurksandCaicos, April 15, 2024 – A 30-year-old male, charged with robbery offences, is expected to appear in the Magistrate’s  Court tomorrow (April 16th, 2024). 

FRANDY MERONE of Downtown Providenciales was charged on Friday, 12th April 2024, with the following offences: 

* One Count – Robbery 

* One Count – Taking Motor Vehicle Without Authority 

* One Count – Using Offensive Weapon So As To Cause Fear 

The charges against Mr MERONE followed a civilian arrest on Sunday, 7th April 2024, and,  subsequently, a police report. 

The report was made on April 04th, 2024.

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