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Majority of major crimes down in St Ann

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2015 | 9:45 AM

The St Ann police are reporting that crime has been trending down in the parish since the start of the year.

The police say for the period January 1 to April 19 all major crimes with the exception of shootings, have gone down when compared to the same period in 2014.

Superintendent in charge of St Ann, Steve Brown, says overall, major crimes in the parish have decreased from 238 to 144 for the period, a drop of 39 per cent.

Providing a breakdown of the figures, Superintendent Brown indicated that murders have decreased from 11 last year to 9 this year; reported rapes have dropped from 11 last year to 6 this year; and robbery has moved down from 63 to 50.

He says break-ins have fallen from 85 in 2014 to 37 in 2015; aggravated assault has moved down from 23 to 12 and larceny from 28 to 11.

However, there were 19 incidents of shooting since the start of the year, up by 2 from the 17 recorded last year during the same period.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Brown, is issuing a warning to criminals.

He says the police will not relax their stance on crime fighting and will continue to track down criminals wherever they are.

Brown was speaking at a recent handing over ceremony of a desk and ten chairs along with several items of stationery to the St Ann police by Jamaica National.