Police: Kidnapping down in Haiti
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Haiti has recorded a significant decline in kidnapping, which law enforcement authorities have credited to new measures adopted by the police.
Police Chief Godson Orélus said that only five cases of kidnapping have been reported for the period January to June 2014, compared to 44 cases registered for same period last year.
Orelus said that in the past, several hundred people used to be abducted, but that the figures have been declining with some months when no one was reported kidnapped.
"We have doubled our efforts to fight kidnapping and we had only five cases so far which we have solved," Orelus told the local website, Haitian-Caribbean News Network.
According to the police chief, law enforcement authorities also investigated seven cases of fake kidnapping, involving relatives of the so-called victims who often seek to obtain money from close relatives abroad.
"We have registered seven cases of fake kidnapping during the past six months because there are people who pretend to have been kidnapped and who ask their relatives living abroad to send them money to pay ransom."
Orelus said the police have dismantled 16 criminal gangs in the capital and the outskirts and insisted "it is safe to visit Haiti.
"Criminality has dropped significantly in Haiti as a result of the work done by the police," he said.