Friday 30 October, 2020

TTPS records 100 fewer murders compared to 2019

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said there have been 100 fewer violent crimes this year compared to the corresponding period last year.

Speaking at today’s Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) media briefing, Griffith said that contrary to naysayers, there is no evidence that the decrease was due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which he said can actually lead to an increase in crime.

Griffith noted that for the period January to September 2020, there was a 20-25 per cent decrease in crime compared to the same period in 2019.

‘We’ve come to the end of the third quarter of this year and what we have achieved…today is the first time in the history that there’s been 100 less murders at any time in a year in comparison to the same period last year.’

‘So to the people on social media that say crime is increasing or getting worse, there’s been a decrease of 20 per cent to 25 per cent of every violent crime – rape, murder, armed robberies [etc.].'

‘The first thing they’ll say is that the reason for that is because of COVID-19. In major cities in north America, there’s been an increase in crime. It means the criminal elements in North America missed that memo.’

'When you have a situation like COVID-19 it will cause crime to increase, it will provide opportunity. It can cause unemployment; it can cause persons to be frustrated, it has shown to be the cause for an increase in domestic violence.’

‘So in contrast to the experts who will try to water down this…criminologists confirmed that [the pandemic] will cause an increase [in crime].'

Griffith said this achievement was due in part to various factors such as an increase in the use of crime-fighting technology, peacekeeping measures on the part of various community leaders and an increased rapport between the public and the TTPS.

‘Rather than…try to water this down, this is a [sign] that we are going in the right direction.’

Griffith said that hopefully this pattern can continue and thanked the public for their participation and cooperation.

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Jayson Forde said he has noted more cooperation by witnesses to provide information for various crimes as well as increased patrols.

The TTPS said additionally the use of CCTV and other technological developments such as the TTPS app have also assisted with helping the public reach out to the police service.

Anyone wishing to report a crime can contact the TTPS via 555, 999 or 800-TIPS, or via the TTPS app: https://bit.ly/2SgqMWp

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