2012’s bloody crime statistics
2012 has been recorded as the most murderous year with an unsurpassed number of homicides occurring between January first and December thirty-first. While the annual statistics for crime and violence have been progressive, there has been an overall increase of fourteen and a half percent as it relates to murders in comparison to 2011. There were twenty-one more homicides committed last year bringing the total body count to a hundred and forty-five. Of interest is that the deaths of two year old Kaelee Burgess, forty-five year old Emerito Itza, who was beaten to death by a group of minors, and Roy Waight, who also died under similar circumstances, were ruled as manslaughter. In the Belize District there were ninety murders recorded, followed by Cayo with twenty murders. Toledo, the least violent of all six districts, recorded three homicides, up from two the previous year. Burglaries also remain on the rise countrywide, with a sum of one thousand, one hundred and six break-ins reported. Of that number, four hundred and fifteen took place in the Belize District while Cayo recorded two hundred and seventy-two. While there was a reduction in the number of cases of rape and carnal knowledge in Belize District, Cayo recorded one less victim of rape in 2012. On the other hand, the occurrence of carnal knowledge in that municipality has doubled from eleven to twenty-one. Meanwhile, armed robberies have increased in all but two districts. Cayo reported a significant decrease in armed holdups, while robberies in Toledo remained at the fifteen benchmark. Finally, there was also marked reduction in the number of thefts in four of the six districts. Toledo remains the most peaceful district but the number of incidents involving theft has risen sharply. There is also a spike in the number of thefts recorded in Orange Walk. Information on the 2012 crime statistics was gathered by the Joint Intelligence Coordinating Center, a branch of the Belize Police Department.