With concerns mounting over the country’s escalating murder rate, the police are reporting an increase in the number of illegal firearms and ammunition seized this year.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says between January 1 and last weekend 675 firearms have been seized, a 14 per cent increase when compared with the corresponding period last year.
The JCF says over the same period this year more than 8,100 rounds of ammunition were seized, a 42 per cent increase when compared to last year.
Except for 2010 when 693 illegal firearms and just under 20,000 rounds of ammunition were seized, the JCF says these figures are the highest since 2005.
Police statistics show that between January 1 and the first week of this month there were 1,130 reported murders, 73 per cent of which were committed with the use of a firearm.
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