Police blotters indicate that the murder rate has fallen slightly in the first five months of this year, in comparison to the corresponding period for 2018.
Between January 1 and May 31 this year, there were 580 reported murders, some 33 less than the 613 that were reported for the corresponding period last year. The figure represents a 5.4 per cent decline.
The Corporate Area, which includes the police divisions of St Andrew Central, St Andrew North, St Andrew South, Kingston Central, Kingston East and Kingston West, has tallied the most homicides, with a total of 222 murders. The division of St Andrew South, which includes several volatile communities, has logged a total of 77 of that amount.
Some 89 murders were committed in St Catherine, while 59 lives were snuffed out in the parish of St James, and Clarendon accounted for 57 homicides.
The parish of Westmoreland accounted for 46 murders.
Portland, St Mary and St Elizabeth were the parishes where the least number of murders were recorded, with six, 10 and 11 murders, respectively.
Thirteen murders were committed in St Thomas, while 14 were logged in Trelawny, 17 in St Ann and Hanover, and 19 in Manchester.
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