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Reported murders higher than corresponding 2014 period, JLP's Smith concerned

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2015 | 3:22 PM
Derrick Smith

Opposition Spokesman on National Security Derrick Smith is this afternoon raising concerns that the number of murders reported since the start of the year is running well ahead of what was recorded for the corresponding period last year.

Smith says up to yesterday police statistics show that 248 persons have been killed this year, 42 more than the 206 reported murders for the corresponding period last year.

He says the comparison is frightening, especially since the killings are not confined to one area, but across the entire island.

The Opposition Spokesman says Jamaicans are becoming fearful and is urging National Security Minister Peter Bunting and Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to provide the nation with some assurance.

Murders and other categories of serious crime recorded an average 16 per cent decline last year.