Public perception of crime rate is inaccurate – Police

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By Devina Samaroo

Criminal raids three times a week, heightened Police patrols and greater presence in neighbourhoods, intensified training among Police ranks, and the resuscitation of social programmes, are all components of a crime prevention strategy that contributed to the overall 19 per cent reduction in serious crimes at the end of April, relative to the same period last year.

policeSenior Police officials are staunchly dismissing the widespread perception that criminal elements are becoming emboldened and that crime is spiralling out of control.

They are contending that the public perception on the crime situation is a sheer misrepresentation and that a simple glance at the statistics will prove this.

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) reported that there was a nine per cent reduction in murder; a nine per cent decrease in gun related robberies; eight per cent decrease in armed robberies where other instruments other than a gun were used by perpetrators; 38 per cent decrease in robberies with violence; 38 per cent decrease in robberies with aggravation; 18 per cent decrease in rape and 22 per cent decrease in break and enter and larceny.
According to the Police, this represents a 32 per cent decrease against those reported in March this year.

Crime in Berbice
Assistant Commander of B Division (Berbice) Ian Amsterdam, dismissed concerns raised by the local business community about the increasing crime wave in the Ancient County.
He reported that Berbice recorded 21 serious crimes, down from 34 in March, 33 in February and 41 in January.

Amsterdam maintained the regional crime plan is “definitely working”, adding that the local Police will be doubling their efforts to continue to arrest the situation.
These efforts, he said, includes working on more intelligence gathering, conducting raids in areas where criminal elements are suspected to be harbouring, and increasing patrols.

Particularly, he said much focus is being placed on clamping down on the criminal safe havens located in Rose Hall, Rosignol, Corriverton and New Amsterdam.

The Assistant Commander noted too that while the ranks are working with limited resources, they are doing the best they can to keep the crime situation under control.

Wrong perception
Overlooking the fact that over six families were terrorised, robbed and in some instances killed within a space of one week in Berbice, Amsterdam said persons are peddling the wrong perception about the crime rate in the country.

Referring to the contentions made by the two leading Chambers of Commerce in Berbice, the Assistant Commander posited the bodies are spreading the wrong perception about crime.
“The Chambers didn’t speak to me. If they had spoken to me, I would have said that this is the wrong time to say that crime is on the increase. Maybe a month or two ago, they could have said that, but the very month that they speak is the very month that crime went down,” he stated, noting that people will believe the misinformation and disregard the statistics.

Meanwhile, the GPF boasted of the continuous exposure of its ranks to training; both locally and internationally.

 

15 COMMENTS

  1. All your hate is towards Ramjat,not once did you mention your 3p installed COP SeeLall who has direct responsibility to protect and serve the people of Guyana,Ramjit should be brave enough and send the top cop along with the poppets home,just glancing at your chatter and howls you have not awoken from the election results,you wish you all were the massiahs,it’s eating you alive to be ruled by someone else,,shameful ape

  2. There is a difference between perception and statistics, would like to know the real figures then if it would have been up?

  3. RAMJAAAT head is in the tiger’s mouth (grangha) he has no choice he has to say and do what the messiah says or else he will be next on the chopping block.

  4. Law enforcement keep trying to force on all Guyanese crime is going down. The people voted for change for their communities not to bethe same as the previous administration but better… Politicians are generally storytellers,promises and promises, mostly can’t n never deliver. It’s very difficult to comprehend how law enforcement is trying to convince the citizens crime is going down. Are the reports made up.

  5. These police officers are living in another world or they are saying what Ramjattan is forcing them to say,there is no one in this country who foolish enough to accept that statement

  6. THIS ABSOLUTE BULL CRAP EMANATING FROM NONE LESS THAN THE KEYSTONE COPS. THEY ARE ALL OUT TO LUNCH MENTALLY BEYOND A SPECK OR SHADOW OF A DOUBT. EVERY DAY , ONE CAN READ IN THE PRINTED MEDIA, WATCH ON TV,. HEAR ON RADIO OR VIA SOCIAL MEDIA OF ALL THE HORRENDOUS AND HORRIFIC CRIMES BEING PERPETRATED AGAINST THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

    THERE ARE LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF POOR, HAPLESS AND DEFENSELESS VICTIMS OF THE RUN AWAY CRIME SPREE AND RATHER THAN ACKWOLEDGE WE HAVE A SERIOUS CRISIS – THE SO CALLED DECISION MAKERS AND POSEURS LIKE MINISTER RUMJATTAN, SEELAL PERSAUD (COMMISSIONER OF POLICE) ARE ALL SINGING TO THE GRANGER HYMN SHEET JUST TO KEEP THEIR CUSHY JOBS BUT OTHERWISE MEANINGLESS PURPOSE.

    THE ENTIRE REGIME OF THE DAY HAS ITS HEAD BURIED IN THE SAND WITH THEIR BLINKERS ON LIKE THE PROVERBIAL OSTRICH. THE APNU.AFC KOOL AID IS LEADING THIS NATION LIKE LAMBS TO THE ABBATOIR.

  7. Facts are different from perception. The police statistics seems diffrent from what we have been witnissing on a daily basis.

  8. Public perception of crime rate is inaccurate – Police.
    police must defend coz kit n kin very much alive and well
    they are trying to catch some criminals now but why only now is the big question when all along these same police knew whom the criminals were ..
    kit n kin police done what it had to do against the government they dont vote for.
    kit n kin police will do anything and everything possible to make the government of their choice look real good. guyanese are not stupid people as kit n kin police would think ..some were hired to answer 911 calls…they could not even pick up that phone during the previous government rule because they did what they had to do to make country ungovernable–

  9. Same old, same old.Crime is down statisically, but the public sees only the upsurge in extremely brutal crimes, and quite rightly are scared that any one could be next, In one breath the AC says, crime is under control, but in the next breath , adds the old excuse, “we are doing our best , with the limited resources we have”.GPF never seems to have enough resources, no matter how many billions of dollars,governments give them. Crime solving, is improving, kudos to CID.However, crime prevention is still very poor, and the GPF intelligence is below par and more than likely comprimised.After many years of a major upsurge in gun related crime, with every youth boy, ” carrying”,.Who is supplying them with the guns, that they are too poor, to have bought themselves, and the cocaine and dangerously doctored spiffs, they smoke, to enhance there rage, before they set out to rob, but end up enjoying the killing, at the slightest provication, real or imagined.
    Intelligence driven arrestsk of the weapon suppliers, and the “who” is financing this upsurge in brutal crimes, is the only way, the GPF will bring this escalating crime wave to a halt.Also, please do not think, the prison rebellion, is not linked to the crime upsurge. A command and control entity is in charge.

  10. Regardless of what the crime rate is still high and Guyana is a dangerous country. And is going to get worst.

  11. Ah wonder how this useless piece of crap AMSTERDAM would feel if the same crime is meted out to his good for nothing useless hungry belly family–without us indians this fool white mouth would reach his jackass ears–

  12. People what do you expect this ahole to say the bottom line is the people that are murdered and robbed are not of his kind so he and the APNU THUGS do not care they are celebrating .We INDIANS have to to do whatever is necessary to protect our family from these cannibals because the dictator and his crew would not.

  13. The Minister should be fired for comments he made .”.haul..your @^%$”. He is too arrogant and full of hate and vengence against the PPP. Hate has clouded his metal capacity to function effectively. What is the obsession with the crime chief solving crime? Is he alone at CID?? It is the investment under the PPP and the then Ministers, that is in fruition. SIMPLE AS THAT! Only subjective persons won’t see this.

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