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The year 2020 ended with the lowest murder count since 2013 and the lowest murder rate since 2001. Official data from the Belize Police Department indicate that there were 102 murders during the year: 91 males and 11 females. This 2-page report provides some highlights and important observations, particularly as they relate to the Belize City precincts.

Click on the Data tab to access downloadable data and interactive apps and Open Data Hub

The Belize Crime Observatory joined the world community on 18 November 2020 in celebrating World GIS Day! Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful weapon in the arsenal of intelligence analysts to support evidence-based decisions and policies. Click the button above for the PowerPoint presentation, looking at Belize’s Murder Rate (past, present, and projected). Thanks to Total Business Solutions Limited in Belize for hosting the virtual forum, and to ESRI for continuing to lead the way forward.


End-of-Year Stakeholder Session

Campaign to Address Violence Against Women and Girls


Latest Reports

Major Crime Analysis for December 2020

The year 2020 saw a monumental decline in major crimes cases registered by the... read more

Major Crime Analysis for November 2020

The overall decline in major crimes of 30% represents a marked improvement from the... read more

Major Crime Analysis for October 2020

Whereas major crimes had declined overall for the period January to October 2020, there... read more

Major Crime Analysis for September 2020

The prison population grew about 14% by the end of September 2020, compared with... read more

Major Crime Analysis for August 2020

Major crimes continued to decline during the month of August 2020. There were 76... read more

Major Crime Analysis for July 2020

All categories of major crimes registered an overall decrease for the period January to... read more

Major Crime Analysis for June 2020

For January to June 2020, major crimes declined by 24% and murders declined by... read more

Major Crime Analysis for May 2020

During the month of May 2020, police-recorded major crimes declined 57% over May 2019,... read more

Major Crime Analysis for April 2020

1,543 persons – most often young males ages 18-25 – were arrested and charged... read more

Major Crime Analysis for March 2020

For March, an overall increase in major crimes was recorded in 4 of 6... read more

Major Crime Analysis for February 2020

A total of 91 major crime incidents were recorded by Police during the month... read more

Major Crime Analysis for January 2020

Major crimes cases for the month of January 2020 totaled 93, down by 21%... read more

Major Crime Analysis for December 2019

The country of Belize saw a noted reduction in major crimes during 2019, with... read more

To chart the way forward for the BCO to fulfill this function, the Ministry of Home Affairs & New Growth Initiatives (formerly the Ministry of National Security) commissioned the preparation of this costed 3-year Strategic Action Plan (2020 – 2023) for the Belize Crime Observatory. The initiative to draft this Plan was funded by the USAID through the InfoSegura Project.

The Plan entails four (4) Strategic Lines to be met over the three-year period (2020-2023), in order to address priority needs and gaps. The Strategic Lines are: (i) Consolidating the BCO, (ii) Strengthening Crime Information Management, (iii) Interagency Coordination, and (iv) Stakeholder Engagement and Communications.