Hard on the heels of the killing of a Customs officer Police Commissioner Atlee Rodney is reaffirming the safety of Antigua & Barbuda.
He made the rounds on various media houses this morning .
“(Antigua) is very much still a safe place. It’s going to be a hard sell but I think generally Antigua is still a safe place and a good place to be,” Rodney said on Observer Radio Tuesday morning.
He added, “We have been doing extremely well this year so far” in terms of crime.
“It’s so sad to start July like that. At the end of June we had 313 less cases [of general reports of crime] compared to 2019,” Rodney said.
“In terms of every area, the only area that had an increase, unfortunately, was murder, during the same six-month period. Between January and June last year, at that stage we had two murders. At the end of June we had five. Going into July we have six now for the year. That was the only area of crime that we had an increase. Every other area, there was a drastic decrease. If you look at our statistics for 1st January to the 30th of June 2019 and then 2020, there was a big decrease.
“In terms of the homicides we had three violence [incidents] in broad daylight,” the Commissioner added.
Rodney said it is time “we as a nation must tell them enough is enough and we have to stand up and say enough is enough, that we cannot condone that type of behaviour in Antigua.”
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