Police Commissioner Atlee Rodney has revealed, through an official police statistics report, an overall 22 per cent decrease in crime between January and May (especially April) when compared to 2019.
The report revealed that although there were many arrest for defying curfew hours, violating social distancing regulations and not wearing face masks in public places; some other crimes have plummeted for 2020 so far.
One hundred and twenty-three arrests were made for breaking COVID-related restrictions since measures came into effect in late March.
The report showed a significant decrease in the number of larcenies, road accidents
and the largest decrease in the month of April during the main lockdown period, a difference of 127 reported cases, or a 60 per cent drop compared to 2019.
The first four months of this year saw 712 incidents – 202 less than the same period
in 2019 which totaled 914.
Larceny, when compared to 2019, dipped by about 23 per cent(81 fewer reports) and traffic collisions decreased by near 11 per cent (86 fewer incidents) so far for the year.
The number of fire calls however has remained fairly constant with a total of 90 in 2020, compared to 93 for the same period last year. Bush fires accounted for just over half of fire calls for both time frames.