The year 2018 ended with 516 murders, making it the second deadliest year in the history of T&T.
The year 2008 recorded the highest murder rate with 550 homicides being committed.
Of the 516 murders in 2018, 430 of them remain unsolved. These statistics were disclosed by the T&T Police Service’s (TTPS) Crime and Problem Analysis (CAPA) Branch.
For the period January 1 to December 27, 2018, 13 spouses (male and female) were killed in domestic violence-related matters.
There were 13 children killed, six of which were classified as gang-related; three were domestic-violence related; one was drug-related; one child was killed during an altercation; two remain unclassified.
Forty-seven females were killed in 2018—this included three girls, 40 women, and four others whose ages are unknown.
With respect to law enforcement personnel, six of them were killed—two police officers, one soldier, and three prison officers.
Meanwhile, police said there were 179 gang-related murders.
In his New Year's message for 2019, Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith urged citizens to walk away from conflicts. “Your life is worth more than that,” he added.
“As the seconds count down to midnight be grateful that you’re here to see the dawn of a new year. To citizens, I appeal to you to be mindful of the need to be discipline minded, to curb tendencies to excess or ignore the most minor of infractions of the law.
“May 2019 bring further success in our endless battle for the safety and security of Trinidad and Tobago. A happy new year to all.”