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While there was an increase in certain crimes in 2020 when compared to the previous year, the police are reporting that there was an overall reduction in criminal activity of about 16 per cent.
Law-enforcement heads held a press conference today, January 8, to report on their statistical findings for 2020.
They recorded only 2,370 crimes in the year just completed, while 2,836 offenses were committed in 2019.
However, specific crimes had a noticeable increase. Most notably, there were three times as many murders in 2020 than in 2019. Robberies also increased, by 23 per cent, and burglaries by 35 per cent.
Other spikes were recorded in break-ins, suicide, arson, forgery and the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
On the other hand, there were considerably fewer incidents of larceny, wounding, rape, shooting, fraud and most drug-related offenses last year.