A ranking with no winnersThe United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) defines intentional homicide as the unlawful killing of a person by another whose intent is to kill or seriously injure the victim. While laws on murder and its different degrees may vary, intentional homicide rates allow cross-national comparisons and can reflect how likely it is to die a violent death in a given country.
In the Caribbean, the worst murder rate is found in Jamaica, with 46.5 homicide victims per 100,000 inhabitants in 2020. Jamaica’s homicide rate is over five times higher than, for instance, the Dominican Republic's, where nine people were killed per 100,000 population that same year. When it comes to the homicide count, the number of murders in Jamaica represented just 1.4 times the Dominican Republic’s.
The most common property crimes in the CaribbeanAlthough statutory crimes and offenses also vary across countries, some general trends can be drawn. Since the isolation measures imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, property crimes seem to have plummeted in some Caribbean nations, most notably Puerto Rico. However, underreporting may partially explain this decrease, even more so in the case of lesser crimes as petty theft or breaking and entering.
Illegal appropriations, or thefts, are the most frequent crimes against private property in Puerto Rico. Cases involving stealing also top the list of property crimes in the Bahamas. Citizens reported more robberies than any other type of property crime in Trinidad and Tobago in 2020, while the Dominican Republic stands out for the number of vehicle thefts, adding up to 8,500 reports in 2019 and 2020.