Top five Caribbean cities for violent robberies

Author:  Edited from News Americas
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An average of 40 percent of the Caribbean population identify crime and security-related issues as the main problems facing their country, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study.

According to the report, titled “Combating Crime and Restoring Paradise”, based on data from the IDB Caribbean Crime Victimization Survey of 2014/2015, the following five Caribbean cities head the list when it comes to reported cases of violent robbery:

  1. Port-of-Spain, Trinidad -Port-of-Spain is the region’s leader for capital cities when it comes to reported cases of robberies committed with a weapon. Of the cases reported, 83 percent of them were from Port-of-Spain.
    Meanwhile, 71 percent of all reported cases were general robberies and in 82 percent of all reported robberies the victim needed medical services.
  1. New Providence, The Bahamas - Taking the second spot with 81 percent reported cases of violent robbery was New Providence. Some 70 percent of the cases reported were also for general robberies, and in 95 percent of the cases the victim required medical care.
  1. Paramaribo, Suriname - In Paramaribo a whopping 75 percent of the robberies reported were committed with a weapon, while 65 percent were general robbery cases only. In 80 percent of all robberies reported victims needed medical care.
  1. Bridgetown, Barbados - In the greater Bridgetown area, 54 percent of all robberies reported were committed with a weapon while 56 were general robberies. In 90 percent of the cases, the victims required medical aid.
  1. Kingston, Jamaica - In Kingston, 53 percent of all reported cases of robberies were committed with a weapon, the lowest for the five nations. Only 47 percent of the cases reported were general robberies, lowest of the five cities. But in 85 percent of the cases, victims needed medical assistance.
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