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By Aabigayle McIntosh
Around 30,080 criminal cases have been officially reported to the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda this year, averaging between seven to eight incidents daily.
According to Superintendent Lisborn Michael, the second in command at the Criminal Investigation Department.
“We had 1019 Break-ins, 1017 Larceny, 70 Woundings, 383 Malicious Damage, 19 Unlawful Sexual Intercourse, 22 Shooting Incidents, 113 Robberies,” Michael shared
Certain communities, such as Villa, Point, Cashew Hill, and Grays Farm, are experiencing a notable increase in break-ins, with a daily occurrence being almost guaranteed.
The issue of unlicensed firearms remains a significant concern, with nearly 40 such weapons recovered this year, all reported as stolen by their licensed owners.
Superintendent Michael emphasized the alarming impact on young people, noting instances where individuals did not survive past the age of 20 due to the illegal use of firearms.
In addition to these challenges, there is growing apprehension about transnational crimes and various forms of criminal behavior. “Transnational crime, it is a case that you have a number of offences that are creating some problems, we are talking money laundering, human smuggling, firearms and ammunition and them we have the issued of cybercrime, illegal substances, cybercrimes which can affect commerce in any country,” Michael said.
Despite the concerning statistics, law enforcement officers have achieved success with 797 arrests recorded so far this year. The efforts of the Royal Police Force demonstrate their commitment to addressing and mitigating the various criminal challenges facing Antigua and Barbuda.