Puerto Rico closed 2013 with 883 homicides, 12.1 percent fewer than in 2012 and the second straight annual decrease since 2011, when the Caribbean island experienced its bloodiest year in recent history.

That is confirmed by data on type-1 crimes (homicide, rape, robbery, physical abuse) published this week by the Statistics Institute of Puerto Rico, though a preview had already been released by local authorities.

According to the figures, in 2013 on the island there were 883 cases of homicide, compared with 1,004 in 2012 and the 1,136 in 2011, the highest number on the island since 1940.

Aside from crimes of that type, last year other kinds of offenses saw their numbers decline, so that there were 26 rapes (down 18.8 percent), 6,016 robberies (down 4.4 percent), 2,395 cases of physical abuse (down 12 percent), 29,360 cases of theft and embezzlement (down 3.9 percent) and 5,530 autos stolen (down 5.4 percent).

All varieties of type-1 crimes showed declines compared with the previous year, something that for Puerto Rico's Police Superintendent James Tuller Cintron reflects "the daily commitment of our forces."

"These statistics reflect the work being done by police every day to improve the quality of life in Puerto Rico," he said in a press release, adding that, in any case, "these results are insufficient and tell us not to be satisfied and to work harder." EFE