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Jul 6, 2011

The murder count for Belize

On many polls the common concern is over crime. This year has turned out to be particular violent and murderous. At the end of 2010, there were one hundred and thirty murders on record, making it the deadliest year in the country’s history. But according to our database, the first half of 2011 has been more deadly. At the end of last June, the murder count was at fifty-three, but for the same period this year there were seventy-three; that’s an increase of twenty homicides. And it appears that the crooks in the murder capital are working overtime to retain their dubious reputation since fifty-five of those victims were killed in the Belize District. The other districts are far behind with seven murders reported so far in Orange Walk, six in Cayo, three in Corozal, two in Stann Creek and Toledo being the safest district where no murders have been reported so far. A month to month comparison between the two years shows a constant upward trend, with the exception of February which had seven murders in 2010 and six in 2011. Meanwhile, the numbers for January went up from six to seven homicides this year and March made a leap from nine to sixteen. April and May each had ten murders last year, but those figures moved up to thirteen and fifteen respectively in 2011. And last June’s thirteen homicides were also outdone by the sixteen recorded in the same month this year. Unfortunately, the statistics include eight minors, the youngest being twelve year old Janessa Jones, who was also the first of six females who have been murdered in the first six months of this year. Since the start of July there has been one more name has been added to the list, bringing the total so far to a staggering seventy-four, with six more months to go.

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9 Responses for “The murder count for Belize”

  1. Bengal says:

    Til the politrickian and bue rat cies start distributing the wealth and let ghetto youths feel that it is life is worth while.
    And getting an education is an escape route for poor people to escape the harsh realities of the ghettos then we will keep seeing an escalation in the poverty rate and the murder rate in sweet BELIZE.

    Politrickians need to realize their purpose is for the welfare of the majority and not for the minority of the people.

    Then we’ll see a reduction in th crime rate and even more so in the rate of heinous crimes.

    This is not how BELIZE used to be.

    Only GOD can save us now.

  2. rod says:

    rise up people kick this pm and gov. to kingdom come put barrow on a plane to lybia or iran send him packing we belizeans are sick and tired of the incompetence of this guy and his gov. we are living in too much stress the whole country is in distress and we the people are sick and tired of all the crime murders looting and crooked politicians in this country also we are tired of all the incompetent people being put in jobs that they do not qualify for and lastly

  3. Cinco says:

    cant give power to bald head…..

  4. Belizean Truth says:

    This government needs to stop worrying about taking private companies that they can’t afford to compensate because of their personal bouts. They need to focus their efforts on bettering people’s living conditions where crime is most prevalent. These people have little to lose because they see no future opportunities to better themselves. Focus on education, job creation and economic prosperity instead of working against it. Crime is unfortunate especially to a people who have been blessed to live in a “democracy” (I use that word freely here). There are many ways to reduce crime but that is not the focus of this government right now. If they can’t respect the rule of law, how can they expect anyone else to?

  5. sorrow unda Barrow says:

    Barrow has no vision and no clue how to make things better. VOTE OUT THE UDP!!!!

  6. Justice says:

    Barrow is responsible as his only aim is only to get his family and himself rich while he ignores the basic necessities of the Belizean people!

  7. Roy Yates says:

    I don’t life in the country but I have my source on the ground, and I knowwhat is going on. In the previous UDP administration Barrow was the man in charge behind the seen. The then Priminister that is a of the present gang was only the front man. They will lose the coming election,but the guys like Finegan and Boot Martinez stand a good chance of surviving because they know how to play up to the desperates in their constitunce. Do you think that these two guys really ant the folks in their area to raise about hands out? Hell no, as they could no longer control them. The country is in one hell of a mess, neither Party can fix it. Only a good infusion of capita lwell spent, will help to change the growing problems, and this government is not setting the stage to attrack any meaningful investors.

  8. belama resident says:

    Belama Police Station still close down, now there are 5 police men guarding BTL day and night, but no police men for Belama police station. this UDP crowd no have nooo haaart!!!
    ps. next month , Jefferies and Min Singh will come out and and say crime is down the statistics are misleading..

  9. jody says:

    this is lone b ,the government need to do is start back hanging those people..(why) because they kill they go to gale 2month an out back with the same killing.that why no witness don,t want to show to court because of they life too..all those people that the cop take to court they is the same one that do it,but because of no witness they walk off free…if he don,t started to hanging those boys it will never ever has an end..the bad boys they do there job in the day an the cops do there job in the now belize is no safe

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