That’s the word from the Royal St.Lucia Police Force as it released crime statistics for the year in review, 2012, at a news conference on Tuesday.
There was a slight decline in the number of homicides recorded, and increases in other areas of crime, particularly in money laundering. The police are however registering high detection rates as well.
St.Lucia’s highest recorded year for murders was 2010 with 44 cases, in 2011 there were 39, and 37 murders in 2012. The detection rate for the period under review is 65 percent. The Police Force’s Central Intelligence Unit says increasingly there is a link between violent crimes, the drug trade, and money laundering.
The Police Force is beginning to intensify efforts at money laundering operations. Several trained officers are manning the Financial Investigating Unit within the Ministry of Finance.
The firearm has become the preferred weapon in violent crimes. There were 329 robberies last year with 41 of them solved. There were 1,441 burglaries with 205 solved; 11 reported cases of kidnapping with six solved.
Praedial larceny remains a big problem with 268 cases; 136 were solved. There were 115 reported cases of vehicular theft last year, and 49 were solved.