Despite 20 official murders for 2017, Public Safety Minister Steadroy Cutie Benjamin has said that Antigua and Barbuda still has the lowest crime rate in the Caribbean.
Benjamin said he made that realisation after attending a Caribbean Basin Security initiative meeting in the Dominican Republic.
He blamed gangs for the crime problem in the Caribbean and in Antigua.
“Be that as it may, Antigua and Barbuda still has the lowest serious crime rate in the region. We are not proud that we have a spike but we are proud that we have the lowest crime rate in the region,” the minister said.
He compared Antigua to Jamaica which the minister claimed has 1,500 homicides so far for 2017.
“This government, despite all, has had crime under control,” the public safety minister told a news conference today.
Benjamin said the government has given the police training, equipment and boosted their numbers as emphasis is placed on crime prevention.
He said an announcement will be made soon about a number of crimes which have been solved.