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Jan 12, 2017

An in-depth look at 2016 in crime

Allen Whylie

Aside from a steady increase in the number of murders in 2016, shooting incidents, which fall within the major crimes category, were recorded in all municipalities.  Belize District led the count, despite an overall reduction in the number of major crimes reported last year.  That figure, which also includes stabbings and other violent crimes, fell by three point six percent when compared to 2015.  Interestingly, the Cayo District has surpassed all other localities with a considerable spike in major crimes.  Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie breaks down the statistics.


Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“The Belize Police Department recorded a total of two thousand one hundred and thirty-seven major crimes for the period January first to December thirty-first, 2016.  When comparing the same period for 2015, we saw a total of two thousand, two hundred and fifteen major crimes recorded which shows a decrease of seventy-nine incidents or three point six percent.  The Belize District which comprises all four police precincts including San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Ladyville and Hattieville formations, reported one thousand, one hundred and eighteen major crimes for the year 2016, as compared to one thousand, two hundred and eighty incidents which was recorded in 2015, reflecting a decrease of twelve point six percent.  Cayo District had an increase of eleven major crimes or two point five percent.  In 2016, the Cayo District accounted for four hundred and fifty-one major crimes, as compared to four hundred and forty in 2015.  A decrease of fifteen major crimes or six point one percent was also indicated in the Corozal District which in 2016 reported seventy-eight major crimes, as compared to ninety-three which had been recorded in 2015.  An increase of ten incidents or four point six percent was also recorded in the Stann Creek District.  In 2016, Stann Creek District reported two hundred and twenty-six major crimes, as compared to two hundred and sixteen in the year 2015.  Toledo had a decrease of nine major crimes or eleven point two percent in 2016.  This district recorded seventy-one major crimes as compared to eighty in 2015.  Orange Walk District has one hundred and ninety-three major crimes in 2016, as compared to one hundred and seven in 2015.  This resulted in an increase of eighty-six incidents or eighty point three percent.  The Belize, Corozal and Toledo districts all had decreases in the total of major crimes for the year 2016, whilst increases were noted in the Cayo, Orange Walk and the Stann Creek District.”

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