Barbados Murder Statistics September 2019

September 2019 saw at least one murder taking place in Barbados. Kevin Atherley, 25, was killed in a stabbing incident in the parish of St. Philip. For the year so far (January to September) there have been at least 37 murders.

Previous reports have the shown number of murders per parish. Based on this information, one could say that St. Michael – from Jan to Sep 2019 – had the highest number of murders. From September, and going forward, per capita values will also be included. This will allow comparison of murders with parishes of different sizes. Taking this into account, it appears that St. Philip has the highest number of murders (29.35) per 100,000 people, followed by St. Lucy (20.50) and then St. Michael (16.94). Note however that there was one murder – of the 37 as at September – that I am unable to pin to a particular parish (that of Rahim Ward). Not knowing this will have an effect on per capita values.

NOTE: The data presented below was collected and compiled based on available media and press reports at the time.

Heat Map of Murders in Barbados – January to September 2019

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12 thoughts on “Barbados Murder Statistics September 2019

  1. Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we first practice to deceive!!

    37 murders?

    “…at least 37 murders!!!

    You could as well have said “…there has been at least 2 murders!!”

    Revisionist Statistics by the Minister of Disinformation

    Wunna getting busy for WE GATHERING 2020

    • You should note Amit has updated up to September 2019/ As always you are blinded by the need to be critical first.

  2. See why I does say that I stupid?

    What would be the wisdom of me coming on BU and posting a report titled

    “Murder statistics March 2019 WHEN WE ARE IN NOVEMBER?”

    Amit does not strike me to be a slow learner, please advise

    Wunna really ting people stoopid!!!

    • The answer is simple. Amit like this blogmaster do many things of which blogging is one. He chronicles the murder rate by month and because he has been busy now has to catch up. Continue to be unnecessarily critical.

  3. See why I does say that I stupid?

    What would be the wisdom of me coming on BU and posting a report titled

    “Murder statistics March 2019 WHEN WE ARE IN NOVEMBER?”

    Amit does not strike me to be a slow learner, please advise

    Wunna really ting people stoopid!!!


    @Piece the Legend

    I try to post the results for the previous month within the first week of the following month. September 2019 data was posted later than normal due to other commitments. As today is November 1, October data is now due for posting, and I will be working on this over the weekend.


  4. Let me state that be it 37. 41, or 47 or 53 no-one should take a victory lap around the track depending on the number reached.

    At 37 or 41 the numbers are just too many for that small island. There is no victory if we are more or less than 50.

    So be it 44 or 51, let’s say a word of prayer for the dead; if you know their relatives then show them love and sympathy.

  5. Extracted from a TT outlet (social media)

    People who cannot speak a word of English, with only the shirts on their backs, are whisked through Immigration & Customs, car & driver waiting for them at Piarco airport, driven to their new home and business in T&T, officials arrive with a bag of documents the next day at their home – work permits etc – and said officials leave with bags of cash, and the next day these people start running a business, mainly in cash, pay no VAT/taxes/Green Fund/Levy and use the forex blackmarket – tolerated by the powers that be – to buy forex to send abroad, leaking away your forex while you cannot get even $200 US to buy from the bank at the official rate! Meanwhile, other immigrants are thrown in the dungeon at IDC and rot there for years. The Far East Mafia at work….controlling the political puppets and many sections of the Public Service.
    “Authorities in Argentina dismantled a ring of Chinese nationals who evaded millions of dollars in taxes and laundered money through fish export businesses, in a case that provides more evidence that Chinese crime groups of all stripes have found a foothold in the South American country.

    Authorities in Argentina arrested several members of a group accused of smuggling, money laundering and evading some $23 million in taxes between 2017 and 2019 through fish export businesses in Mar del Plata, an Atlantic coastal city.

    The companies would “over-invoice operations among the companies to inflate costs, and under-invoice foreign trade operations,” according to a press release by Argentina’s Federal Tax Administration (Administración Federal de Ingresos Públicos – AFIP).

    They also exported the fish to two companies in Uruguay at prices below market value, authorities said. The fish was then sold to clients in Brazil and China at above market price, allowing the firms to report lower revenue.

    An August 30 raid of several homes and offices across the country led to the seizure of cell phones, memory cards, and at least 10 types of currencies and passports belonging to Chinese nationals.”
    ….and more:
    Chinese Mafia Moving Contraband Fish Costs Argentina Millions
    Chinese Mafia Moving Contraband Fish Costs Argentina Millions

    Authorities in Argentina dismantled a ring of Chinese nationals who evaded millions of dollars in taxes and laun…


    DLP was BAD, BLP is ……….?


    ‘Rage control’

    With the murder rate reaching a record high of 41 in Barbados so far this year, one criminologist is pleading with policymakers to come up with more creative and innovative ways to help tackle the problem.

    Director of the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit Cheryl Willoughby says in recent times Barbados had become an angry society, and officials should seek to find the root of the problem and address it.

    “People are calling you out from side roads and they are angry when they are doing it. They are serving you as part of the service industry and they are angry while doing it. We have to look at what is causing some of the problems, some of the stresses, some of the situations we are confronted with on a daily basis,” said Willoughby.

    She was addressing a small gathering at Sky Mall on Friday for the official launch of an anti-violence jingle to kick off activities for crime awareness and prevention month.

    Willoughby proposed that a lot more anti-violence messages be created and disseminated over social media platforms as one way of tackling the issue of crime and violence.

    She also urged officials to “go on the blocks, the byways and highways of Barbados” in order to reach the youth.

    “Forty-one murders is something that is unprecedented in Barbados. We have never had so many murders in any given year. So it is time we step out of our comfort zone, out of the regular way of doing things and look for innovative ways to reach our young people,” she said.

    Willoughby said the jingle, which encourages those who have a disagreement to desist from using violence to solve it, was timely and should play a major role in helping the youth to think twice before engaging in violent activities.

    “We have had 41 murders for the year . . . It is important that we recognize at this point in Barbados we have to find creative and innovative ways of responding to crime and this is just one of those crime prevention efforts that I believe is necessary for us to reach our young people. It means using social media to a large extent because that is where they are at . . . it is important that we use what they are using in order to get our message to them,” she explained.

    Pointing out that the murders were not only affecting the justice departments, the crime fighting official said there were a lot of trickle down effects including social consequences for the families of both the perpetrators and victims.

    “When you have 41 persons who have been murdered you also have 41 perpetrators, you also have 41 families that have been impacted,” she said.

    The advisor said following a recent profile of the prison population it was revealed that many of the young men up there have several children under the age of 10.

    Adding that sometimes the perpetrators of violent crimes or their victims were breadwinners for their families, Willoughby pointed out that over 98 per cent of them were men between the ages 20 and 29, who “should be contributing to the development of our country”.

    “This is 2019 and we have a number of young men on remand for murder who should be in some learning institution, some workplace, somewhere adding to the value of Barbados. So it has a social impact,” she said, adding that there was also an impact on the entire country since the cost of incarceration was very high.

    “So this problem is not only a criminal justice problem. This is a problem that has to be borne by Barbados. We have to look at our value systems, what we are actually communicating to our young people,” she said.

    The project launched on Friday is a product of the partnership between the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit, the Barbados Family Planning Association, Screenplay Advertising and Trident Entertainment Network. The jingles will be played on the screenplay and Trident platforms.

    Chief Executive Officer of Trident Entertainment Network Kimtara Clarke suggested that parents take some of the blame for the violent and criminal behaviour in the society.

    She said as much as she was disappointed at the media for the kind of content children were being exposed to, the responsibility cannot be placed on the media alone.

    “Too often parents provide access to cellphones, laptops, tablets and children use them for all the wrong reasons,” said the mother of three.

    “I am concerned when reports and discussions arise about the level of violence in our schools, the upward trend of criminal offences being committed by our youth, and the blame game which is being placed on them. Schools, parents, churches and other community groups all have a vital role to play. The reality is that we are all responsible for the fight against crime in Barbados. We cannot be one-dimensional, but must be all encompassing in realizing greater results,” said Clarke.

    Managing Director of Screenplay Shane Lewis, who pledged his support to the island’s crime fighting efforts, expressed fear that if not addressed urgently, the crime situation in Barbados could mirror that of Trinidad.

    “We all know what the crime situation is like down there and I definitely don’t want to see us ever getting to that point here,” he said.

    “I will do everything in my power to prevent us even getting close to that level, especially through using all the technology available to us in 2019,” added Lewis.

  7. You can watch crime base on how hard the government is on the people, its Pressure that can help take people over the edge, Crime Minister is the Key to blocking Justice and the law of relief for many people, no smiles on faces just pressure and more crime from each office, The year not done more shall be killed between now and Xmas also,Depression and drink will help with the total for 2019, If those Numbers were for crime in the government we would be well cleared of the crimes on the top,

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