Monday 14 October, 2019

100 murders in 20 days as bloodletting continues unabated

File photo of a crime scene on Friday when two men were shot and injured in New Kingston.

File photo of a crime scene on Friday when two men were shot and injured in New Kingston.

At least 100 people have been murdered in Jamaica since the start of the year, a rate of five per day as the bloodletting from 2017 has continued into the first three weeks of 2018.

According to statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), at least 100 murders were recorded up to Saturday, January 20. This is 13 more than the number of murders recorded for the corresponding period last year.

Both the St Catherine North and Clarendon police divisions have each recorded 13 murders while nine were recorded in St Andrew South. 

But while murders continue seemingly unabated, the JCF is reporting a reduction in other major crimes during the period.  The reported cases of rape are down 50 per cent, aggravated assault is down 51 per cent while break-ins have declined by 50 per cent during the period under review.

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