Police report 32 per cent overall drop in major crimes
The police are reporting a 32 per cent reduction in serious and violent crimes for the period January 1 to April 2, when compared with the similar period of 2015.
According to the police, there were 272 murders over the three-month period this year compared with 288 for the similar period of 2015.
The 272 murders for the 2015 review period includes seven children down from 20 for the corresponding period last year.
The police say they continue to strengthen operational activities across the island to seize illegal weapons and dangerous drugs and apprehend wanted persons to create safer communities.
Crime reductions (offences):
Murders - 6 per cent
Shootings - 8 per cent
Robberies - 33 per cent
Assault - 36 per cent
Rape - 39 per cent
Break-ins - 46 per cent
Larceny - 60 per cent
Crime reductions (selected divisions)
St James - 10 per cent
Clarendon - 24 per cent (shootings down 35 per cent; larceny down 67 per cent)
St Catherine North - 46 per cent
St Catherine South - 46 per cent
St. Elizabeth - 66 per cent
Weapons featured in murders cases
Firearms - 197
Knives - 36
Machetes - 10
Other weapons - 29