Thursday 20 February, 2020

TTPS: South murder rate, firearm recovery drops

The Police Service (TTPS) has noted a 33% reduction in homicides as well as a drop in the number of illegal guns recovered for the year to date.

This was revealed by acting Senior Superintendent Wayne Mohammed during the TTPS Weekly Media Briefing on Wednesday.

According to Mohammed, from January 1, 2019 to September 11, 2019 there have been 33 murders in the Southern Division compared to 49 for the same period in 2018.

Meanwhile, as the TTPS recovered a total of 570 illegal firearms from the nine policing Divisions, within the Southern Division, officers retrieved 81 compared to 115 for the same period in 2018.

"We continue to engage in numerous stop and search and road block exercises with the aim of getting these illegal firearms off the streets," the acting Senior Superintendent assured.

Serious crimes have also seen a decline. Acting Senior Superintendent Mohammed said there were 1,231 of such crimes reported for the period under review in 2018, compared with 1,168 in 2019. This represents a reduction of five percent.

He added that the Southern Division’s detection rate stands at 36% which his officers are hoping to increase. We are attempting to increase our detection rate even further.

"We believe that increasing our detection rate will restore the public’s confidence in our Service, boost the morale of our officers who work tirelessly towards solving crime, and send a message to persons who intend to breach any of our laws that there will be consequences to their actions.

To achieve our objectives, officers of the Southern Division are always out in the field conducting anti-crime exercises. For the year thus far, we have conducted a total of 43,573 mobile and foot patrols, while executing at total of 5,912 road block exercises.We will continue to keep up these activities to ensure safety and security for all citizens in the Division."

He further presented safety tips as follows:

- For the public we urge you to be vigilant of your surroundings at all times;

- When proceeding to your vehicle please have your keys in your hands and secure your cell phones and valuables;

- Please refrain from leaving personal items visible in your motor vehicle such as laptops, handbags and so on;

- As for business, we recommend not keeping large amounts of money in cash registers;

- We urge members of the public and businesses, once you can afford it, install high-quality surveillance cameras, in the event that video footage needs to be recovered.

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