Murders still soaring amid SOEs
Despite the imposition of states of emergency in almost half the police divisions across Jamaica, murders have climbed by more than eight per cent up to February 1 this year compared with the corresponding period in 2019. One hundred and sixteen people have been murdered this year up to Saturday.
Thirty-five people were killed in the last week, a 43 per cent rise overall.
Ten of the 19 divisions have seen a rise in homicides this year, ranging from 25 per cent to 600 per cent. However, ratios may seem overly large because at the beginning of the year, small movements in murders can represent dramatic percentage shifts.
Three of the eight divisions under states of emergency have shown increases, St Andrew South, St Catherine South, and Kingston Eastern, the latter having been imposed only a week ago.