From February 3-7, the Center of Excellence was present in the city of Basseterre in Saint Kitts & Nevis, to continue providing technical assistance to the Ministry of National Security (MNS) and the Department of Statistics for the implementation of its National Crime Victimization Survey (SKNSPS) 2020.
This survey will be based on the methodology of the Latin America and the Caribbean Crime Victimization Survey Initiative (LACSI Initiative), that follows the United Nations international standards generated and promoted by the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNOC) as the International Classification of Crimes for Statistical Purposes (ICCS, 2015) and the Manual of Victimization Surveys (2010). Adopting this Initiative means that Saint Kitts & Nevis will generate quality, reliable, timely and comparable statistical information to monitor the progress of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, especially 4 indicators of SDG 16 (16.1.3, 16.1.4, 16.3.1 and 16.5.1) and 1 of SDG 11 (11.7.2) under the sole custody of UNODC that promotes just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
The regional questionnaire was used as a model and was adapted to the country context, to build a national tool to develop evidence-based crime prevention policies. The SKNSPS will measure various aspects of the citizens’ security perception, as well as their condition of being a victim of any of the 18 crimes measured in this survey: Theft of motor vehicle or motorcycle, burglary, personal robbery, personal theft, bank and consumer fraud, extortion, sexual or physical harassment and cybercrime, among others.
Thirty-four officials participated from 14 institutions, such as the Ministry of National Security, the Department of Statistics, Police, Prisons, Youth, Education, Health, Social Development, Customs, Foreign Affairs, among others. This makes Saint Kitts & Nevis the thirds country in the Caribbean to adopt this Initiative (after Jamaica and Saint Lucia) and the 10th in the Latin American and Caribbean region.
These activities were carried out within the framework of the cooperation activities between UNDP and UNODC, through the CariSecure project.