The Police High Command is reporting that more people were killed in November than any other month this year. According to the crime figures released today, 166 people were killed in last month. This is 29 more than the October figure. The latest police data show that 1405 people were murdered between January 1 and the end of November.
The police say that of the 166 victims last month, 137 were shot and 109 have been linked to gang related activities. The parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine accounted for two-thirds of the murders, while 55 were recorded in the other parishes. According to the report, 4 of their colleagues were among the murder victims last month while14 females and 13 children were also killed.
While there was a 21 per cent increase in murders last month over October, there was a reduction in some other major crimes like shooting, rape. The incidence of shootings dropped by almost a quarter while the number of reported rape cases went down by 15 percent. Break-ins also dropped by 3 per cent but there was a 140 per cent jump in reported larceny cases.
According to the police report, 47 illegal guns were seized last month and 279 rounds of ammunition recovered.