During the questions and answers segment of the House of Assembly, Premier, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith told the House of Assembly that he was displeased with the fact that Opposition Member and First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie suggested that there was a rise in crime.
The Premier was referring to the fact that Hon. Fahie alluded to “a significant increase” in crime in three of his questions that were posed during the June 13 sitting of the House, as he enquired what Government intended to do about the situation.
Hon. Smith told the House: “It is erroneous and misleading for the Member to assert that there is a significant increase in crime in the Territory. As a matter of fact, as I said earlier, there has been a reduction which indicated that the police are doing a good job, and the funding they are receiving is working.”
Hon. Smith said that figures show a decrease in crime and ventured to state that 2013 showed fewer criminal activities: “In actuality, last year, 2013, there was a significant reduction in crime, with approximately 300 fewer offences being reported than the previous year,” Premier Smith said that from January of this year up to May, residential burglaries have gone down by 47%, robberies down by 9%, and serious violence down by 24%, he stated.
As it relates to Government’s action against crime, the BVI Leader noted that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force has an impressive crime reduction plan that has been working well: “My Government continues to tackle crime head on. For example, the RVIPF has been using proactive crime detection and preventative techniques while directing resources in accordance with the Force strategic goals.”