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Belize on target for lower crime, murder rates

Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2020. 7:48 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Special measures, such as the COVID-19 State of Emergency, and the targeted police interventions to counter gang-related violence, such as the Southside State of Emergency, and other police strategies have managed to reduce crime, according to the Belize Crime Observatory (BCO).

In its monthly crime analysis report for November, 2020, the Observatory says major crime was down 30 percent through the first 11 months of the year compared to the same time period last year.

A total of 818 major crimes (murder, robbery, burglary, theft, rape and unlawful sexual intercourse) were reported, down 352.

That includes 94 murders to the end of November, down 21 percent from the 119 reported in the same time period last year. However, 12 murders were reported in November this year; 2 more than in 2019 and four more than in October 2020. 

Seven murders have been reported unofficially so far in December, putting the unofficial count at 101 as of today. Approximately 9 in 10 victims murder victims were males. Out of the 94 victims recorded, 11 were females and 83 were males.

According to the Belize Crime Observatory, if the January to November trend continued into this month, the country’s murder rate will be around 25 per 100,000 citizens, the lowest rate recorded since 2013.

We’ll have more from the BCO report later on.


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