The latest shootings in St. Kitts, including one murder, underline the violent reputation the Federation is achieving currently ranking third highest among the Caribbean islands behind USVI and Jamaica for homicides in 2017.

The Government has promised tough action on violent crime…Yet, the violence persists with more than six murders so far in 2018. It remains to be seen what action the Federation will take to combat this carnage.

The crime statistics have prompted the UK to warn its tourists to be mindful of this fact when visiting the Federation.

Overall, St. Kitts and Nevis, the smallest nation in the Americas, is ranked 9th of the 10 nations worldwide with the highest murder rates in a story published in Lifestyle, October 29, 2017.

“With such a small population, you would not expect people to kill each other mercilessly or for crime to be at an all time high,” said the report. The state has one of the highest homicide rates in the world…. The smallest state in the Americas is ranked 9th in terms of homicide rates. This means that out of 50,000 or so in the state, at least 17 are murdered every year,” the article states.

There were 18 murders in 2012, 21 in 2013, 21 murders in 2014, 28 murders in 2015, 31 murders in 2016 and 23 in 2017.

Nations currently with the highest murder rates
#1 is Honduras with 90.4 out of every 100,000.
#2 – Venezuela with 50 out of every 100,000
#3 – Belize with 45 out of every 100,000
#4 – El Salvador with 41.2 out of every 100,000
#5 – Guatemala with 40 out of every 100,000
#6 – Jamaica with 39.3 out of every 100,000
#7 – Lesotho with 38 out of every 100,000
#8 – Swaziland with 33.8 out of every 100,000
#9 – St. Kitts and Nevis with 33.6 out of every 100,000
#10 – South Africa with 31 out of every 100,000.