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Belize's Murder Rate Among Highest in the Caribbean
posted (January 7, 2009)

And so we know the official number of murders for 2008, but what was Belize’s murder rate? That’s a figure arrived at by averaging the number of murders per 100 thousand citizens. And, the news is that compared to other countries in the region and the world, Belize’s rate is quite high.

It is 34.2; which means that for every one-hundred thousand citizens, 34 were victims of murder in 2008.

That is significantly lower than Jamaica – the murder capital of the Caribbean and one of the deadliest countries on earth – where the murder rate for 2008 was fifty eight. Belize rate is also lower than St. Kitts whose rate is 46. That tiny nation – just three quarters the size of Ambergris Caye - had a serious spike in murders, which increased by 44%. And Trinidad and Tobago’s rate is also much higher than Belize, coming in at 42 murders per 100 thousand.

St. Lucia was lower than Belize, with a murder rate of 23, Bahamas came in at 22, and Barbados the perennial lowest with a murder rate of just 9. Barbados is the only country in the Caribbean whose murder rate has remained at today only Barbados has remained at more or less the same rate it had before independence rate; it is also the most developed country in the region.

As a region, the Caribbean consistently has one of the highest if not the highest murder rates in the world. We stress that all the figures we quoted – except for Belize and Jamaica’s are unofficial and from media sources in the Caribbean.

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