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Minister Duncan: Most major crimes down on St. Maarten

MONDAY, 04 FEBRUARY 2013

PHILIPSBURG–Justice Minister Roland Duncan on Sunday debunked assertions that crime is on the increase saying “there is no spike in crime.”

Declining to give figures at this stage, the minister said an analysis of the crime figures up to the end of 2012 showed that there has been a decrease in most major crimes. However, he told Lloyd Richardson on his radio programme People’s Voice on 1300AM that there had been a sharp increase in crimes in the area of personal relationships, such as threats, incest and rape.

The minister said he had wanted to present the figures to Parliament first before releasing them publicly.
Duncan said the area of personal relationships was a challenge when viewed from the perspective of prevention.
“We love to say ‘don’t spend money on lockups and on walls, but use it on prevention.’ How do we work on preventing rape? How do we work on preventing threats?” he said, adding that threat was one of the first things that could come out of an argument between two persons.

“I’m not saying it can’t be changed, but I can’t put a police officer in every situation you can think of to prevent rape,” he said.

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