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Mayhem high in May Pen

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM
May Pen is the fifth-largest township in Jamaica, but ranks first in terms of major crime concentration, according to police statistics. - File

Clarendon's capital returned to the summit of the pile of communities that recorded major crimes in 2009.

Dr Parris, Lyew-Ayee, director of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute (MGI), thinks that sheer size of the parish, which now has one police division, might have an impact on the force's ability to police it.

Lyew-Ayee said the Police High Command could consider splitting the parish into two divisions - Clarendon North and Clarendon South. "Breaking it up might improve the response ability," he said as he pointed out that May Pen is the fifth-largest township in Jamaica.

The mapping also showed that May Pen got worse during the period under review. "The worst got worse by the worst," said Lyew-Ayee.

Meanwhile, Montego Bay Central in St James was ranked third behind Half-Way Tree.

The crime mapping for 2009 is the first to be produced by the MGI that include the data for rape and carnal abuse. The first MGI mapping of major crimes data was produced in 2006 and only contained data on Kingston between January 2000 and December 2005.

The area demarcated as Central Downtown (Kingston) was the most improved in 2009, followed by Cassia Park, Monetgo Bay Central and Wilton Gardens, better known as Rema.

- T.R.