St Thomas records increase in major crimes

The St. Thomas police are reporting a 40-per cent increase in major crimes with the exception of  murders.
Acting Commander for the parish, Deputy Superintendent Howard Simmonds, says there have been 167 cases of  major crimes since the start of  the year compared to 119 during the same period in 2018 - 68 of  the cases have been cleared up with arrests.
A breakdown of  the statistics shows 27 cases of  shooting have been recorded since January up from nine last year.
There were 20 cases of  rape compared to 15 in 2018.
During the nine months there were 21 cases of  robbery, 26 cases of  aggravated assault and 55 cases of  break-ins.
However, DSP Simmonds says to date, the St. Thomas Division has recorded 17 murders. 
That was a two per cent reduction from last year.

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