According to statistics from the Guyana Police Force there has been a decrease in robbery under arms with a figure that represents 308 for the year 2016 and 313 for the year 2017 which is a 2% increase.
According to reports that figure seems to be inaccurate since there has been a vast increase in serious crimes which includes robbery.
In February, Haimchand Persaud, a security guard attached to the GBTI bank in Lethem Region 9 was stabbed by a man who stood in the corner of the road waiting to pounce on suspecting victims. The man made good his escape on a CG motorcycle that was parked nearby.
In March five men robbed Aaron Akbar of over $840,000 in cash; the gunmen had trailed their victim after he did a transaction at a city bank.
Dolly Singh, a businesswoman of Liliendaal East Coast Demerara was also beaten and robbed by armed men who had trailed her from a city bank and relieved her of $1million in cash.
John Brian was also robbed by gunmen in March of over $3 million at his business place in Georgetown.
Meanwhile, Commander of ‘A’ Division Ian Amsterdam had told Guyana Daily News that there have been an increase in criminal activities on the West Coast of Berbice and Corentyne areas where a known gang was responsible for robbing and terrorizing victims.
Guyana Daily News had spoken with a prominent businessman from Skeldon and he pointed out that it was due to the increase in criminal activities that caused the majority of persons to migrate and sell their properties.