Crime rate in St Kitts and Nevis trending downwards, says PM Harris

Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris said that crime rates in the Federation are witnessing a downward trend as a result of sound administration by the Team Unity government. 

PM Timothy Harris reviving economy through a managed approach
PM Timothy Harris reviving economy through a managed approach

Basseterre: Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris on Tuesday said that crime rates in the Federation are witnessing a downward trend as a result of sound administration by the Team Unity government. 

During a press briefing at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) headquarters, PM Harris emphasised that safety and security are integral to societal order, democracy, and good governance. 

PM also lambasted the Labour government of getting the crime out of control in the Federation. He alleged that homicides had reached a high 35 in 2011 and since Team Unity assumed the officer, “we have reorganized our security forces and enhanced manpower.” 

Prime Minister noted that the government is committed to national security strategy and has increased the budget support from $62.8 million in 2014 to $86.2 million in the year 2021. 

Alternative Lifestyle Programme (APL) and the Explorers Club, among other programmes were introduced by the government to redirect youth from involving in crime. 

PM Harris expressed the pledge of the government until the country reports zero cases of homicide in the year. He added that the Federation has reported 7 cases in 2021, and in 2020 there were 10 cases.

PM Timothy Harris expressed that his government under the leadership of Team Unity will proceed their unwavering efforts to keep the citizens and residents of St Kitts and Nevis safe. Any loss of life to a crime is a tragedy for the country, PM added.