Home Affairs Minister Edmund Hinkson says Barbadians must not shy away from reporting crimes to the police.
He was speaking at a Church Service at the Sanctuary Empowerment Centre, to mark the beginning of Crime Awareness Month.
Minister Hinkson says to preserve the values of the nation, it's the duty of every citizen to cooperate with the police.
The Home Affairs Minister revealed that between 2010 and 2017, there were approximately 1,975 firearm crimes.
They resulted in 100 deaths.
He says most of those crimes were committed by, and on young males, and were the result of disputes or drug related matters.
Minister Hinkson emphasized the need for better conflict resolution skills and for all Barbadians to work together to save the society.
The Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit will be engaging with the island's young people as it continues its work to assist at risk populations and tackle crime.
Director of the Criminal Justice and Research Planning Unit, Cheryl Willoughby says this fits in with the theme for Crime Awareness Month of 'Empowering and Uniting our Youth'.
She says adults do not have all the answers and young people need to have imput.