Antigua and Barbuda Boasts Low Murder Rates, Defying Regional Trends
Public Safety Minister Sir Steadroy Cutie Benjamin this week tackled concerns over safety and security in Antigua and Barbuda, highlighting the nation’s remarkably low murder rates compared to its Caribbean counterparts.
Minister Benjamin emphatically declared, “Antigua and Barbuda is on the path to becoming a haven of safety once more, where our people can live with open doors and our streets can be traversed without fear. Our commitment to safety and security is unwavering.”
To substantiate his stance, the minister presented a comparative analysis of murder rates across the Caribbean.
According to his statistics, Antigua and Barbuda has witnessed 10 murders to date, while other nations grapple with significantly higher figures.
Barbados reported 40 murders, Grenada 19, St. Lucia 77, Dominica 17, Guyana 100, St. Vincent 50, and St. Kitts 29.
Minister Benjamin acknowledged that exact figures for Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica were not provided but stressed that they were in the hundreds, underlining the substantial disparity between those nations and Antigua and Barbuda.
He addressed the nature of crimes in the country, attributing a majority to revenge or substance-related issues.
“Crimes of passion or retribution, where individuals seek revenge or are entangled in substance-related problems, characterize most of our cases,” he explained.
Contrary to assertions from critics suggesting a surge in crime, Minister Benjamin asserted, “Antigua and Barbuda remains the safest country in this part of the hemisphere.”
Responding to skeptics who question the validity of such claims, the minister encouraged a closer examination of the data, emphasizing that the country’s low murder rates speak volumes about its commitment to safety and security.
Minister Benjamin reassured the public that the government, under the guidance of responsible ministers, is dedicated to prioritizing safety and security.
He pledged continued efforts to uphold Antigua and Barbuda’s reputation as a safe and secure nation, urging citizens and residents to remain confident in the ongoing measures to safeguard the community.
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