Crime detection up 125% in POS Division; murders up too

The crime detection rate in the Port-of-Spain Division is up 125 percent. 

However, murders have gone up from 36 to 42 over the corresponding periods of 2017 and 2018.

The figures were given by Inspector (Ag.) Randall McGuirk of the Port of Spain Division, in a news conference today.

The following is his statement at the media conference.

"The Port of Spain Division is bordered by the North Eastern Division on the east and on the west by the Western Division. It comprises five police station districts – Woodbrook, St Clair, Central Police Station, Besson Street and Belmont.

The Port of Spain Division is responsible for the safety and security of the Capital City – which is the epicentre of business and commerce in Trinidad and Tobago.

Cruise ship visitor arrivals to Port of Spain exceeded 36,600 in 2018 to date, and went without incident.

In terms of our domestic sea bridge, there were 162,308 ferry passengers with 79,306 vehicles transported to and from.

So far, the Port of Spain Division, under the command of Snr. Supt. (Ag.), Floris Hodge-Griffith, has recorded marked improvements in the overall detection rate, an increase in firearm seizures and a reduction in different types of larceny related offences for the period January 1st –July 24th, 2018, when compared with the same timeframe in 2017.

There was, however, an increase in the murder rate from 36 in 2017 to 42 in 2018.

The Port of Spain Division has a detection rate of 36%, the fourth highest among the nine police divisions.

This also represents a 125% increase in the rate of detection in the division, for the same time last year - which stood at 16%. Firearm seizures went up by 43% (37 versus 53) for the period under review; a 16% reduction in general larceny; 54% drop in larceny dwelling house; 19% decline in narcotic offences and a 52% decrease in fraud related offences.

In analysing the data, reports of robberies and larceny from the person occur on weekends – particularly Fridays and Saturdays - accordingly members of the public are advised to be extra vigilant of their surroundings during the course of this school vacation period, where there is an increase in activities including shopping.

Larceny related offences generally occur between 12-midday and 4: pm and between 8pm and 12-midnight.

Thus far, for the comparative period under review, there has been a slight decline, of 5%, in the number of serious reported crimes."