Murders and larceny increase, other crimes down
The Jamaica Constabulary Force is reporting that there has been a 17.1 per cent increase in murders for the period January 1 to January 27 compared with the similar period last year.
However, several other major offences have reduced resulting in an overall decline of 16.2 per cent decline in crimes
Some 130 people were killed in the first 27 days of January, up from 111 for the similar period last year.
There was a 21.6 per cent increase in the number of ammunition seized and a 1.3 per cent increase in guns seized.
Larceny is also up, with 225 per cent more cases reported.
However, shootings declined by 6.2 per cent, aggravated assault was down by 56.4 per cent and there were also fewer reported cases of rapes.
Up to January 27, there were 20 reported incidents of rapes, compared to 41 over the same period last year.