Child murders on the decline - police
The police are reporting that child murders are on the decline in Jamaica.
According to the Statistics and Information Management Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force seven children have been murdered since the start of the year.
This compares to 20 murders recorded for the same period last year.
The police say murders are down islandwide overall, as 272 murders have been reported so far.
This is 16 fewer murders than the same period last year.
The police also say shootings and robberies have decreased while break-ins are down by nearly 50 per cent.
Other violent crimes including rape, larceny and aggravated assault have also declined, resulting in an overall 32 per cent reduction in serious and violent crimes in Jamaica.
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.