SAN JUAN - St. Kitts and Nevis experienced a 29 percent decrease in crime during the first eight months of this year compared with the same period in 2014, police said Monday.
While 796 crimes were reported in January-August 2014, only 561 offenses took place in the same period this year, police said in a statement.
Authorities remain committed to keeping the number of homicides below the 24 that occurred last year, Assistant Police Commissioner Vaughn Henderson said.
The twin-island nation has suffered 21 homicides so far this year.
In July, the government of St. Kitts and Nevis launched a six-point crime-reduction plan calling for greater use of the Mobile Command Unit, high-visibility policing and working to strengthen the Teens and Police Service Academy and mentoring programs for children in order to reduce violence.
Other measures included expanding surveillance coverage, use of K9 officers, intra-governmental collaboration, and forging relations with communities and non-governmental agencies.