1,060 murders up to October 19 of this year
Despite states of emergency (SOE) being imposed in six parishes, including seven police divisions, murders are still on the rise nationally.
Police statistics indicate that between January 1 and October 19 there were 1,060 reported murders. The figure is 16 more than the 1,044 persons who were murdered over the corresponding period last year.
The St Andrew South police division recorded the most murders among all the geographical divisions over the period, with 141 persons being killed there.
The division includes many volatile communities, including Tower Hill, Waterhouse, Greenwich Town, Majesty Gardens, popularly known as ‘Back To’; Tavares Gardens, popularly called ‘Payne Land’; Bell Rock, Olympic Gardens, Myrie Avenue and Mongoose Town.
In St James, where volatile communities such as Flanker, Glendevon, Norwood, Cambridge and Salt Spring are located, has recorded 118 murders, while Clarendon has reported some 107 homicides.
All three police divisions, in addition to Westmoreland, Hanover and St Catherine north and south, are under SOEs.
The police also reported that 1,221 persons were shot and injured up to October 19, which compared to 954 over the corresponding period for 2018.
There were also 937 cases of robbery over the period, compared to 891 last year, and 1,018 break-ins, compared to 968 in 2018.
On a positive note, the crime of rape has seen a decrease, with 388 incidents being reported, compared to 413 last year.