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By Anna Ramdass anna.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

National Security Minister Jack Warner's crime statistics are an attempt to fool the people into believing crime has decreased when it has escalated, claims Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.

Rowley, at a press conference at the office of the Parliament yesterday, charged that the Government was playing the games of "lies, damn lies and statistics".

"The crime situation in 2012 is worse than it was in 2011, that is a fact," said Rowley.

He said in order to treat with this, Warner came up with a report to give the impression that things were improving.

Rowley quoted murder statistics from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service:

2008—550

2009—509

2010—485

2011—354 (from mid-August to December there was a State of Emergency)

2012—383

"If in 2011 you had 354 and in 2012 you had 383, then clearly it has turned around and has gone for the worst."

The PNM, said Rowley, believes that there were more murders in 2012 than 383 and calculations by the party estimates it at some 409 murders.

"Even if you accept the Minister's figure of 383, it is higher than the year before."

Rowley said what Warner has done is averaged the murders--the murders of 2008 and 2009 to get an average of 527 and the murders of 2010, 2011 and 2012 to get an average of 400.

"If ever there was sleight of hand this is it," said Rowley as he slammed Warner for taking up Parliament's time to say crime has decreased by 25 per cent when the situation was reversed.

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