Well if you should get a tip that gold prices in Guyana have risen again, then you might as well safeguard your pocket, because robberies and other money-hawking crimes will certainly rise as well.

At least this is what a research paper that was headed by Phillip Accetturo, a Master’s researcher at the University of Texas at Dallas is saying (Not me).

The research paper was published under the co-authorship of Dr. Alex Piquero, along with Ashbel Smith who is a Professor of Criminology and associate dean for graduate programs, and Dr. Anthony Cummings, an assistant professor of geospatial information sciences.

According to a missive that was dispatched by the University of Texas (at Dallas) to the Guyana Guardian, and which was published on the University’s official news page (SEE IT HERE), crime in Guyana fluctuates with changes in gold prices.

The research also found that crime involving guns had increased over a 20-year period (1997 to 2016), and is mostly concentrated along Guyana’s coastal belt; – a fact that may be understandable since that is where more than eighty percent of the country’s population is concentrated.

“By evaluating locational data, we can get a model of the distribution of crime in certain areas,” Accetturo said. “We can look at how crime changed (in Guyana) over time and what might be some of the driving factors.”

The researcher had also contended that crime statistics for Guyana are not publicly available; hence it might be natural to understand why they did not find it necessary to obtain any data from the police.

However, a handful of established gold miners and gold dealers that were contacted by the Guyana Guardian indicated that they would want to disagree entirely with the researcher’s indication that crime in Guyana always fluctuates with gold prices.

They surmised that the researcher would have been better informed if they had actually collected data from the mining industry and the Guyana Police Force.

A senior officer at the Guyana Police Force had also disputed the statistics aspect of the research, and directed the Guyana Guardian to more than a dozen articles in several other local news publications where crime statistics were made available for almost every quarter of the year from as far back as 2010.