09 Mar 2010Blog

Barbados's crime rate is lower than it was 20 years ago!

by Maxwell

The level of reported crime in Barbados is lower than what it was twenty years ago and that is a fact.

That is according to Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin who assured the public that the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) is not “cooking the figures.” His comments came at the launch of the neighbourhood watch programme at Newbury Heights St. George on Sunday evening.

“When I say to people that the level of reported crime in our country is lower than it was 20 years ago they look at me in amazement. Some people cannot believe that it is true. Some people believe that we are cooking the figures,” said Commissioner Dottin.

“What happens is that there are times when you will get some particularly serious crimes that excite public opinion and [are] scattered across the newspapers so people feel a sense of dread when we get reports of those particularly serious crimes… but the reality is that reported crime in Barbados is actually lower than it was 20 years ago,” he continued.

The Police Commissioner said that despite a low crime rate there are still some difficulties, particularly due to a pervasive drug culture.

See full article from the Barbados Advocate here.