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JCF report:130 murders in first 27 days - Shooting, robbery and rape see decline

Published:Tuesday | January 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

One hundred and thirty murders have been committed across Jamaica in the first 27 days of this year, a 17.1 per cent increase when compared with the same period last year.

This is 19 more murders than the 111 committed between January 1 and January 27 last year, according to the latest statistics compiled by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The number of persons killed in the St Andrew South constituency increased by 225 per cent, with 13 killings, up from four last year.

Larceny saw an identical percentage hike, with 13 cases, up from four.

There was a 21.6 per cent increase in the number of rounds of ammunition seized, with 1,036, compared to 852 last year.

Gun seizure saw a marginal 1.3 per cent increase of 79 this year, up from 78.

At the same time, other serious and violent crimes and acquisitory crimes have decreased, resulting in an overall 16.2 per cent decline in crime.

Rape declined by 51.2 per cent, aggravated assault was down by 56.4 per cent and shooting fell by 6.2 per cent.

There were also fewer reported cases of robbery and break-ins.

syranno.baines@gleanerjm.com