The year 2019 has seen the lowest number of homicides in a single year, with just three murders recorded, for almost twenty years.
According to Acting Police Commissioner Atlee Rodney, the other years that recorded less than five murders were 2000 and 2001 which both had four reported murders.
Rodney believes that this statistic may be the lowest in any independent state in the world.
In general, serious crimes are said to have decreased by 42.48 percent when compared to 2018.
On the other hand, the overall number of crimes reported in Antigua & Barbuda increased by 634 reports which equate to a 28.79 percent increase.
Acquisitional crimes like petty theft, car break-ins, home invasions, and malicious damage accounted for more than 50 percent of the crimes reported.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Albert Wade, says most crimes were committed in the capital; the St. John’s Police Station recorded the highest number of reports while the Gray’s Farm Police Station recorded the second highest.