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Violent & sex crimes sky-rocket in VI- 2015 RVIPF Report

The 2015 Report of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, prepared by Deputy Commissioner Alwin James (right), expressed concerns about the rise in violent crime and those sexual in nature. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Despite reporting that there was a general reduction in crimes in the Virgin Islands, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) was concerned with the staggering 44% increase in violent crimes reported in 2015.

“Alongside the notable decreases in certain offenses, of particular concern is the increase in serious violence against the person, where in 2015 there were 40 more victims than in the previous year – 44% increase often linked to domestic violence, which itself regrettably continues to be frequent,” states the RVIPF’s 2015 report as laid in the Honourable House of Assembly on Monday December 19, 2016.

The report also expressed concerns about those crimes that are sexual in nature. “Equally of concern, there were 16 more sexual offenses reported (an 89% increase), some against children.”

For the years 2014 and 2015 burglarising of dwelling places were said to be on par; however, by mid-summer of 2015 a sudden drastic increase was noted, from an average 5 per month in the first half of 2015 to an average 10 per month from July onward.

“By the end of the year, this sudden change in offending behaviour resulted in a small overall annual increase of 5%,” stated the report.

Released prisoners doing the crime?

According to the, “It is worthy of note that this event coincided exactly with the release from prison of a number of known offenders who had been incarcerated for that same offence years previously; these individuals, if not already detained, are actively being sought.”

The RVIPF feels reassuring of their effort of combating certain crime by noting that since 2011 where there were 240 household burglaries, the rate of reported burglaries now remains just less than two a week and the incidences of robbery have dropped from 41 in 2011 to 13 in 2015.

8 Responses to “Violent & sex crimes sky-rocket in VI- 2015 RVIPF Report”

  • The otherside of the NDP and Police Commissioner Spin City Nation (23/12/2016, 19:31) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Report it like it is VINO. The Virgin Islands would be doomed and completely in the dark without you'll Reporting.

    Playing like everything NICE on the "Reggae Express (Quito's Hit Song")- in our Nature of Secrets.
  • 000 (23/12/2016, 19:35) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    see the figures do not lie NO MORE SPIN CRIME KILLS
  • Milo (24/12/2016, 00:57) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    There were more violent crimes than that.. A woman in my workplace was beaten up by a man and after three hours in the police station watching them eat food the witness went home, no one wanted to take a statement from her. The victim was treated very roughly by one of the policemen as if it were of no account and she shouldn't complain.

    A young woman of 20 was beaten up very brutally and not for the first time by her mother. She went to the police. They called the mother but she didn't want to speak to them and threatened the daughter that she would have a heart attack and die if she took her to court.

    These can't be the only crimes where the police didn't press on to get reports.
  • concern (24/12/2016, 04:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Once people are allowed to flow into a country without any form of screening that is what happens. The social structure of the country gets destroyed. Already criminals flow in with one aim to try their art somewhere else. Such get to our youth and encourage them in the same. Rather than supporting such people the politicians must let immigration do their job. Stop giving status for a while. Those who come here and are not gainfully employed send them home. Only then will we be able to deal with our own who are following that behavior. Another factor is we must train honest young men and women to work in our police force. Remember you cannot put rat to guard cheese. Our schools are bursting at the seams because of the same foolishness. They are here without status let them send their children to private schools. Send them home to give birth.we are all at risk.
    • @ concern (24/12/2016, 08:30) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      So what are you trying to implement is that only the persons coming in from foreign countries are the ones causing all this disaster. You sound so ignorant, look at the schools like you mentioned. Who are the persons being suspended the most locals or expats. You sound low and uneducated. look on the blocks who are the majority of persons sitting there expats or locals, when will you finally open your eyes next time put your right name and stop hiding behind nicknames to talk your bul****
  • reason (24/12/2016, 09:44) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Too many ignorant people have been let in to this country. All they come for is the US dollar and so forward. Why are they running from their home just to depend on social services. Have some gratitude.
  • sabotage (24/12/2016, 11:05) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    there is no difference between James and Mathew see local could have done this work

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