Rodney Says Spike In Crime Due To Festive Season


Acting Police  Commissioner Atlee Rodney says violent crime is down for the year, despite a recent spate of armed robberies.

“For this year, things have been relatively quiet. We have had some incidents of concern to us and but overall the year has not been that bad in terms of violent crime,” he said.

Over the weekend alone two gas station and a bar were robbed at gunpoint. A taxi driver was also shot during a robbery attempt.

There have been several incidents of theft in which victims lose thousands of dollars.

Rodney said this is typical for this time of year.

“What we are seeing now especially in the last few weeks…we have been receiving a series of reports where persons have been using fire arms to rob persons. That is not a phenomenon we were experienced during the first part of the year,” he said.

“What we have done is to redouble our efforts, to really re-strategise again.”

“Everytime it comes to those festive season there is always a tendency for people to try to get quick money,” Rodney added.

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  1. We must look at the origin of crime in Antigua. We need to look no further than CARICOM immigration rules allowing unsavory migrants from Jamaica and Haiti. This is the reality we are faced with.

  2. Spike in crime is due to more criminals having more opportunities to commit crimes or have become more desperate to acquire certain things for them-self and maybe their love ones at this time of the year. It is well-known that the crime rate usually increase in seasons and events like this. it is why certain type of community and zero tolerance policing would be reasonable at this time and in short burst at a time, during such time of seasons or events.

    If the heads of the police department and other law enforcement agencies and ministers had the appropriate studies in criminal justice and criminology, there would no longer be this drastic crime increase during these occasions. My recommendation deals with the issue of crime detection and prevention but i also have methods to decrease the want and need to commit crimes.

    As you know in Antigua it is not about having the skill or education but who you know and whether you get the votes of the people. That is what determine what positions you hold for critical positions in Antigua and Barbuda To protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community.

    I truly feel sorry. I will donate $500 us dollar if the heads of law enforcement in Antigua have degrees in criminology or criminal Justice or Sociology or Law or policing.

    How could you think it is reasonable to expect a change in crime rate when law enforcement are not trained in the relevant and most crucial area of law enforcement? I think the young kids with their degrees in criminal justice and criminology would do a better job at crime prevention and detection.

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