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How many of last years murders were solved?
In 2010, the USVI arrest rate was higher than the stateside average. I haven't seen or looked for 2011 stats.
From http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-news/2011/01/03/homicide-rate-set-record-2010-gains-were-made dated Jan 3, 2011, with emphasis added:
Francis also pointed to the effectiveness of the Crime Stoppers V.I. program, the anonymous tip service that has been bringing in information for the police to act on.
But the most important factor, he said, has been hard, aggressive police work, which has resulted in a very high "clearance" rate.
"We're not proud of the numbers (of homicides) we have seen," he said. "We don't have any control over the murders that are committed, we have the responsibility to solve them."
And the V.I.P.D. has been getting very good at that. Their clearance rate has been between 67 and 73 percent all year, better than the national average, which according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports is 65 percent for homicides.
"One exception to the increase in arrests was for the murders. While the Police Department maintained a very high rate of solving murders in 2010 - at nearly 70 percent - that rate has dropped significantly in 2010. Through August, only 17 percent of cases had resulted in arrests, according to data from the department."
"Not only is the Virgin Islands the most violent and deadly place in the United States on a per capita basis, but the territory has maintained a homicide rate during the last decade that makes it one of the most deadly places in the world, with about 42 homicides per 100,000 residents from 2004 to 2009. It is more aptly comparable with South and Central American nations or its Caribbean counterparts than anywhere in the United States, where the average is less than five homicides per 100,000 people."
Sadly from what I have researched, even people WITH felony convictions are allowed to possess black-powder weapons, as they don't qualify as a "firearm" under federal or mainland state law. Don't know about VI law though.
How about we start a good old fashioned cannon manufacturing plant? That would be considered a black-powder weapon. Strictly for self defence of course. 😎