More than 800 murders since the start of the year

Jamaica's murder tally since the start of  the year has surpassed 800.

The latest crime statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force show that 816 murders were committed during the period January 1 to August 10.

That was 13 more, or a 1.6 per cent increase over the corresponding period in 2018.

There were 800 incidents of shootings reported for the period and 238 cases of  aggravated assault.

The police statistics show a decline in cases of  rape so far this year.

There were 298 incidents of  rape for the January 1 to August 10 review period, versus 335 during the corresponding period last year.

On the other hand, reported robberies and break-ins increased to 697 and 779 respectively, up from 682 and 771 in 2018.

Larceny fell to 87 reported incidents compared to 103 in 2018.

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