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Townsend, Dorn. 2009 ‘No Longer a Caribbean Idyll.’ No Other Life: Gangs, Guns, and Governance in Trinidad and Tobago; Working Paper No. 8, p. 21. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 December

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No Longer a Caribbean Idyll

[In] 1998 the country saw 98 murders in absolute terms, by 2008 that number had climbed to 550. According to police statistics, firearms were used in 437 of these killings and 322 were either gang or drug related…

The murder rate in T&T [Trinidad and Tobago] has leapt to 42 per 100,000, nearly double the average of 18.1 per 100,000 for the rest of the Caribbean. Depressingly, T&T's homicide rate in 2000 was 10 per 100,000.

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Statistics provided by [Trinidad and Tobago] Police Crime and Problem Analysis Unit.

Geneva Declaration. 2008. Global Burden of Armed Violence. Geneva: Geneva Declaration Secretariat.

Nicholas, Garvin. 2009. 'Another Look at Crime Statistics.' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. 3 January.

ID: Q3407

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