Today the police department released the annual statistics for crime and violence for the year 2013. And from what is being reported the overall number of reported crimes in the 12 month period from January to December dropped.
There were 46 less homicides committed in 2013 compared to 2012 bringing the total body count to 99. Of note is that when it comes to murders 45 arrests were made, that’s 16 less when compared to 2012. The northern part of the country recorded a total of seven murders, five in the Corozal District and two in Orange Walk. In 2013, the Belize District proved to be the most violent with 58 murders, followed by Cayo with 25 murders. Orange Walk and Toledo were the least violent of all districts with 2 murders each.
Burglaries also reduced countrywide with a sum of 890 break-ins reported. Of that number 61 were committed in Corozal and 75 in Orange Walk. The Belize District had the highest number of burglaries with 404, followed by the Cayo District with 155 burglaries.
While there was a reduction in the number of cases of rape, the same cannot be said for carnal knowledge. At the end of 2013, 26 rapes and 73 cases of carnal knowledge were recorded countrywide. Orange Walk was the only district that saw no reported case of rape, yet nine cases of carnal knowledge were recorded. Corozal witnessed six rapes and thirteen cases of carnal knowledge. Robberies also declined in all districts with a total of 296 committed countrywide, that’s 191 cases less than 2012.
Finally there was also marked increase in the number of thefts in three of the six districts. Belize City gained the highest number in thefts with 508, followed by Stann Creek with 111 cases and Toledo with 46 cases. All in all the country saw 1011 cases of thefts.
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