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Not true! - Hanover police reject JCF stats of massive hike in break-ins, rapes

Published:Friday | January 25, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The Hanover police have dismissed as inaccurate statistics in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) periodic serious crime review indicating a 500 per cent increase in break-ins in the parish last year.

According to the report, last year, there were 24 reported break-ins in the western parish and four cases in 2017.

However, Inspector Carl Brown, acting crime chief for Hanover, said that for 2018, there were 22 break-ins, up from 13 in 2017, representing a 69.2 per cent increase.

“The statistics they produce in New Kingston are normally off,” Brown told The Gleaner.

The JCF periodic crime review also indicated that rapes in Hanover increased by 200 per cent, moving from three in 2017 to nine in 2018.

But Brown said there was a 140 per cent increase, with five cases being reported in 2017 and 12 in 2018.

Deputy Superintendent Dahlia Garrick, head of the police Corporate Communications Unit, said she was unaware of the discrepancies and promised to investigate.

Brown said the Hanover police are expecting a reduction in break-ins in the parish this year as five persons believed to be the main perpetrators were nabbed late last year.