Study notes crime spike in Haiti cities

11:00 PM, Mar 4, 2012   |    comments
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - A new study finds that Haiti has seen a dramatic increase in violent crime in its major cities over the past six months.

The report authored by social scientists Athena Kolbe and Robert Muggah also reveals that that Haitians lost faith in the police department during the same period.

The overall homicide rate in Port-au-Prince is low compared to other Caribbean cities. But the capital saw an annual rate of 60.9 murders per 100,000 people, one of the highest recorded rates in recent years.

The study comes amid heightened political tension in Haiti. The prime minister resigned last month after infighting with President Michel Martelly and it's unclear when Parliament will ratify a successor.

The report was released Sunday.

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