BPS Release Crime Statistics For First Half 2016

September 12, 2016

[Updated with video] The police released the crime statistics for the first half of 2016, saying that “between Q1 2016 and Q2 2016, All Crime increased by +16 offences, from 861 to 877 offences,” however “despite this slight increase, the medium term trend of crime in Bermuda remains steady, while the long term trend is decreasing.”

Commissioner of Police Michael DeSilva said, “In presenting the crime statistics for the first half of 2016, I wanted to take this opportunity to pay particular attention to the area of gun and gang violence.

“This area has been covered by the news media and commented on in social media on a frequent basis lately, and there are elements of anxiety and concern that are obviously attached to the dialogue. I would like to share two messages today.

“Firstly, the BPS is doing everything that we can to advance the investigation of serious crimes. As of 30th June, there had been 2 fatal shootings and 3 shooting injuries. At this point in the third quarter of 2016, those numbers have risen to 3 fatal shootings and 7 injuries.

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“One non-firearm homicide also brings the total number of murders this year to 4. We are still appealing for information about the murder of Jason Mello on 19th August.

“Two men were arrested in connection with the murder of Patrick Dill in May and another two men were arrested in connection with the murder of Fiqre Crockwell in June, and these two cases are under active investigation. One man has been charged with the manslaughter of Travis Lowe on 26th July.

“The police know that violence in a small community like ours tends to drive a fear of crime that can be as real as the crime itself. And while it is important to continue to tackle these violent crimes head-on from a police angle, it is equally important that the community is fully engaged in tackling the conditions that lie beyond the influence of law enforcement.

“We have said before that Bermuda cannot arrest itself out of this problem. Since 2010 we have had more than 50 convictions for murder, attempted murder and firearms offences with sentences being handed down for life, and minimum imprisonment terms of 25 years.

“Yet we have more than a dozen cases still lined up before the Courts and the gang members coming to our attention now are newer, and younger. Bermuda must work to break the cycle at the front end, because it is too late by the time the police become involved at the back.

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“That brings me to my second message: there is a lot of good work being done in and by the community, behind the scenes. We would like to do our part in putting a focus on that good work, and keeping it in the foreground.

“Public dialogue, in our view, should primarily be aimed at solving problems and implementing solutions. Holding people accountable is one thing, but destructive criticism is another thing entirely. Rather than find someone to blame for the gang problem, we would like to have dialogue about what can be done to break the cycle of violence and reduce the tensions in the community that are increased by gang and gun crime.

“We have invited four community partners to join us in a Community Engagement Meeting to be held between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Tuesday 12th September at the Heritage Worship Community Centre on Dundonald Street, Pembroke.

“I will be joined by: Martha Dismont from the Family Centre, Kimberley Jackson from Mirrors, Gina Spence from The Champions Programme, and David Lovell from Men on a Mission. Minister of National Security, Senator Jeffrey Baron, and Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, Mr. Walter Roban, will also be in the audience.

“We will be talking about the things that have been working so far, and exploring what more can be done. This will be a solutions-driven conversation that will appeal to everyone who wants to make a real difference in tackling gang violence and making Bermuda safer. The meeting is open to everyone and I hope to see you all there.”

The Q1 and Q2 2016 BPS Crime Statistics report follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. Terry says:

    And you believe the stats presented?

    Justification?
    The sun will rise in the east.
    How many will see it set.
    Shalom.

  2. lets see says:

    Maybe persons private investigators will do the job in justice – you’ll see