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Bahamas: Double-digit drop in violent crime

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Murders dropped 22 percent in 2020 compared to the year prior, according to Minister of National Security Marvin Dames.

There were 74 murders in 2020, the lowest on record in 15 years.

The murder count for 2019 was 95, the lowest in a decade up to that point.

Dames, who provided a snapshot of crime statistics expected to be presented this week by Police Commissioner Paul Rolle, said while there is much work ahead, yearly crime figures reflect a downward trend in the major categories of murder and armed robberies.

Armed robberies fell by 41 percent — from 532 incidents in 2019 to 315 in 2020, according to Dames.

He was addressing police officers at their annual church service at police headquarters on East Street yesterday.

“This means that your persistence and 21st Century crime-fighting strategies, supported by investments in technologies, and officers’ commitment to their profession are working,” Dames said.

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