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April 23, 2014
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St thomas sees reduction in crime by 12 per cent

Jolyn Bryan, Star Writer

The St Thomas police is reporting a 12 per cent reduction in major crimes across the parish for the first quarter of 2014, in comparison to the corresponding period last year.

According to Berrisford Williams, deputy superintendent in charge of operations for the St Thomas Police Division, robberies are down by 56 per cent whereas murder has seen a 40 per cent reduction.

The deputy superintendent also noted, in the case of murders, arrests were made and charges laid against suspects involved in each case.

The police are also reporting a significant crime reduction in Yallahs, which was a major cause for concern, having contributed 68 per cent to major crimes in 2011, but which now stands at 35.

DSP Williams attributes this reduction to the continued efforts of the police in targeting gangs and wanted men, the main players in illegal activity. He pointed out, however, that there were still areas of concern, with an increase in break-ins and shootings for the same period.

There continues to be a strong police presence in areas of major concern.

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