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Portland and Trelawny murder free so far this year

Published:Monday | January 31, 2011 | 5:34 PM

The police are reporting a continuing decline in the number of persons killed across Jamaica, with the parishes of Portland and Trelawny remaining murder free up to Sunday.

Latest figures show that 87 persons were killed in the first 30 days of this year, down from 128 in the corresponding period last year.

That represents a 41 per cent reduction in the number of murders with most parishes enjoying declines.

The usual hot spots, St. Catherine, St. James and Clarendon continue to lead as the areas with the most murders.

But Westmoreland is now near the top of the list with 10 murders so far this year.

This is a 67 per cent jump over the parish’s murder total for the corresponding period last year.

That has made the normally quiet south coast parish one of only four to record an increase in their murder total for January.

In the meantime most other major crimes have also declined.

Shootings are down 35 per cent, rapes down 25 per cent and reported cases of carnal abuse by 45 per cent.

However, there is an 84 per cent spike in the number of larceny cases recorded by the police.

According to the data, 46 cases of larceny were reported in the first 30 days of this year up from 21 in 2010.

The police also seized 48 illegal firearms during January, while 18 persons were killed during confrontations with members of the police force.

This is well below the 27 persons killed by the police in the corresponding period last year.