Thursday 25 April, 2019

Over 350 murders recorded in Jamaica

Jamaica has recorded 359 murders between January 1 to April 6. 

The latest crime figures from the Jamaica Constabulary Force show this is a 7.5 per cent drop in murders when compared to last year. For the corresponding period in 2018, there were 388 homicides.

The statistics indicate that rural parishes recorded more murders than police divisions in the metropolitan area.

Of the 359 murders, rural parishes accounted for 184 homicides.

Among all the rural parishes, Manchester has seen a 150 per cent hike in murders.

Homicides moved from four in 2018 to 10 during the review period.

St. James recorded the second highest increase tallying 82 per cent more murders when compared with the corresponding period last year.

The statistics show that the parish recorded 23 homicides in 2018 and 42 in 2019.

Meanwhile, there is an increase in the number of shootings, moving up by 6.5 per cent. For the period in 2019, the police recorded 354 such incidents compared with 331 in 2018.

Incidents of rape declined significantly from 142 in 2018 to 98 this year, while the number of aggravated assaults moved down from 105 to 87.

There were 331 cases of robbery, 299 cases of break-ins and 43 cases of larceny over the review period.

 

 

MURDERS BY POLICE DIVISIONS:

Kingston Central
2019: 9
2018: 5

Kingston Eastern
2019: 14
2018: 16

Kingston Western
2019: 15
2018: 26

St Andrew Central
2019: 30
2018: 23

St Andrew South
2019: 37
2018: 54

St Andrew North
2019: 12
2018: 11

St Catherine North
2019: 23
2018: 51

St Catherine South
2019: 35
2018: 24

St Thomas
2019: 11
2018: 13

St James
2019: 42
2018: 23

Trelawny
2019: 9
2018: 8

Westmoreland
2019: 35
2018: 40

Hanover
2019: 11
2018: 11

St Mary
2019: 5
2018: 14

St Ann
2019: 12
2018: 12

Portland
2019: 6
2018: 4

Manchester
2019: 10
2018: 4

Clarendon
2019: 36
2018: 41

St Elizabeth
2019: 7
2018: 8

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