2001 crime stats


Crime statistics

July 2001 - Crime is on the increase - Bermuda over-run with drugs

 What is reported  Actual

Reuters - A dramatic increase in heroin use in Bermuda has led to a surge in crime, including a rash of break-ins and burglaries on the resort island in the Atlantic, police said this week.
  • Thefts are at the highest levels in six years
    break-ins have risen more than 32 percent this year as drug addicts desperately seek money to buy drugs, police said.

``We have seen an increase in the availability of heroin at the street level. Heroin is particularly addictive and also leads to an increase in property crime,'' Police Commissioner Jonathan Smith said in a Thursday press conference.

This year 21.1 houses per thousand have been broken into, compared to 14.3 in 2000 in Bermuda, home to 62,000 people.

Meanwhile, $12.4 million of drugs have been seized this year by police, far eclipsing the $7 million in drugs intercepted in all of 2000, police narcotics Chief Inspector Larry Smith told Bermuda's ``Royal Gazette'' newspaper.

Cocaine and marijuana have routinely been available in Bermuda, but heroin use has been relatively rare.

Break-ins, when you consider the statistics, have not increased by 32%; this is a misleading figure put forward to disguise the extent of the problem.  32% is applicable if you consider the current break-in level as a starting point.  Only someone seeking to understate and misrepresent the truth would do so.

The increase is nearer 50% as any schoolboy will tell you; 14.3 / 1000 house holds broken in to last year, 21.1 / 1000 this year.  The figures are almost perfectly divisible by 7 (14 & 21).  Break-ins have risen by neigh on 50% - crisis time!

Ask yourself why someone is trying to mislead the population and treat them like idiots.

Crime is out of control.  The police service is a shambles; under-staffed by inexperienced, unenthusiastic and unimaginative officers.  The island's constabulary is a mix of those who are unfamiliar with the country, seek only to receive a pay-check at the end of the month and the insufficiently trained.  Even the UK officers, generally recruited from county constabularies, lack knowledge of crime investigation, or exposure to narcotics.

Moral is low and the newly appointed Commissioner of Police has been catapulted to the rank.  Below the COP is a very unstable 'leadership'; officers (hardly fit carry the title) discarded as potential Commissioner in favor of the youngest chief of police the island has seen.  

Things can only get .... worse.  Possibly why the incredible rise in crime is being played down.  In what other civilized country has there been a 50% increase in burglary?  Another record?





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