Delinquency: 3% increase in offenses and crimes recorded by the gendarmerie

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2948 is the number of crimes and offenses that the gendarmerie company of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy recorded in 2021 on the two islands*. This is 73 more than in 2020 (+3%), knowing that 2020 had seen a drop in offenses and crimes due to confinement (-176 compared to 2019).

Since 2012, this is the fourth year that they have been below the 3000 mark.

The most common facts are still intentional criminal or correctional assault and battery: 386 in 2021 in the two islands, i.e. around twenty more than in 2020 or 2019. Overall since 2014, the number of cases has been between 360 and 390 per year. In 2012 and 2013, they were above 420.

The second type of facts dealt with by the gendarmes is car theft, mainly in Saint-Martin. 250 thefts were recorded in 2021. However, these are the incidents whose occurrence fell the most last year (-34%). In 2020 and 2019, they were the first facts treated.

Voluntary assault and battery and auto theft accounted for 21% of cases handled by the gendarmes compared to 25% in 2020.

The third type of crime most committed last year was fraud and breach of trust: 173 complaints were filed, a record figure for ten years. One more complaint per week was recorded compared to 2020. In the years 2012-2014, this was the thirteenth type of offense handled with some 75 cases per year. Today it is 2,3 times more. In addition, a dozen threats and blackmail for extortion were noted in addition, for a total of 45 complaints.

Four facts are on the rise: attacks on dignity and personality with 100 complaints compared to 66 in 2020 or 69 in 2019; violence, ill-treatment and abandonment of children (71 against 48 and 50); attempted homicides for a motive other than theft (17 against 9 and 8) and shoplifting (18 against 6 in the last 2 years).

Burglaries in main homes are stable: 44 compared to 45 in 2020 or 43 in 2019. * source: Ministry of the Interior

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