At close to the midway point in the year, the number of murders reported nationally has gone up six per cent when compared to the corresponding period last year.
The latest crime statistics compiled by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), show that up to June 23 there were 536 murders, 32 more than was reported over the corresponding period in 2011.
However, the statistics show that there were declines in all other categories of major crimes with shootings down nine per cent, robberies were down 26 per cent and break-ins were down by 15 per cent.
There were 412 reported cases of rape, one more than what was reported over the same period in 2011.
According to the statistics, a copy of which was obtained by our News Centre, 27 children were killed over the period, an increase of seven when compared to the same time last year.
The statistics show that Hanover had a 267 per cent increase in homicides representing the largest increase across the 19 police divisions.
The St. Mary Police reported the largest decline with a 26 per cent drop in murders, while Portland was the safest parish with just two homicides.
Despite the gains the police have made in a number of inner-city communities, the statistics show that all divisions across the Corporate Area reported an increase in murders.
The Kingston Central Police reported a 117 per cent increase, the St. Andrew North Police reported a 76 per cent jump, the Kingston Eastern Police reported a 42 per cent increase, while the St. Andrew Central Police reported a 33 per cent increase.