Wednesday 13 December, 2017

Murders up 26% - More than 1,200 killed in 9 months in Jamaica

Detectives at the scene where fashion designer Dexter Pottinger was killed in St Andrew in August.

Detectives at the scene where fashion designer Dexter Pottinger was killed in St Andrew in August.

A total of 1,216 persons were murdered across the island between January 1 and October 4 of this year, national crime statistics reveal.

The murder figures represent a 26 per cent jump in the number of killings committed across the island in first nine months and four days of the year, this when compared to the corresponding period last year when the lives of 962 persons were snuffed out over the period.

The spike in murders have now pushed the island’s daily murder rate to 4.4, this is a step up from the 3.5 daily murder rate that was recorded over the corresponding periods last year.

And as police grapple to place a lid on crime figures, data show that the bulk of the murders were committed in the parishes of St James and Clarendon.

In St James, a total of 224 persons were killed over the period (January 1 to October 4). This is 23 more murders than the same period last year.

Bloodletting has also continued in Clarendon with criminals committing 127 murders over the period, 15 more murders over the comparative time frame last year.

Data shows that the highest number of murders for the year were committed in August when a total of 169 persons were killed.

Police have warned that they will be intensifying their operations in communities across the island to clamp down on the crime spike.