Murders on the increase

The latest data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force show that murders continue to rise in most police divisions outside of the States of Emergency in St James and the St Catherine North division.

For the period January 1 to April 14, four hundred and eleven people, including 14 children, were murdered.

This was up from 399 during the corresponding period last year.

 St James has so far recorded 25 murders, compared to 78 during the same period last year, a 67 per cent reduction.

Fifty one murders were reported in the St Catherine North division, up from 40 in 2017, a 27 per cent increase.

There has however been a drastic reduction in murders and shootings in the division since the State of Emergency was declared on March 18.

In the St Andrew South division there were 60 murders, representing a 252%  increase, Portland recorded a 400% increase with five murders, Kingston Eastern 77%, St Thomas 71%, St Mary 85% and Trelawny 75%.

Westmoreland recorded 47 murders, the highest in rural Jamaica. That was 12 per cent increase over last year.

In the Kingston Western division, where a Zone of Special Operations is in effect in Denham Town, there was a seven per cent reduction in murders.









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