Solving Robberies in St. MaartenPOSTED: 11/24/10 12:07 AM
The last available figures about solved robberies in St. Maarten dates back to 2008. In that year, detectives solved 51 robberies, a mere 17.44 percent of the total. The Netherlands was doing better in this field until recently; in 2004, the score was 36 percent, but last year it had dropped dramatically to St. Maartenesque levels with just 23 percent.
Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten intends to double the number of solved robberies in the next four years. That would still leave the Dutch with paltry 46 percent success score.
St. Maarten stands a fair chance to outperform the Dutch in this field. We don’t know how long it will take our Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte to achieve this, but something will happen here, that’s for sure. When De Witte worked in Aruba he cranked up the percentage of solved robberies to between 75 and 80 percent.
Obviously, we have a long to go, but the recent arrest of eight suspects in the string of armed robberies the island of St. Maarten experienced in October is a good starting point.
In the mean time, we’re looking forward to the figures for 2009 – for some reason they have not been released by the police so far.