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Jamaica's murder tally now 534

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2022 | 1:51 PM
The St Mary police division has the largest percentage increase with 18 murders being recorded over the period, up from three last year. -File photo.

The latest crime statistics published by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) indicate that murders are up four percent year on year.

Up to May 14, the data show that since the start of the year, 21 more people have been killed when compared to the corresponding period in 2021.

Murders now stand at 534.

The St Mary police division has the largest percentage increase with 18 murders being recorded over the period, up from three last year.

This represents an increase of 500 per cent.

The St James police division has seen the most killings across the 19 police divisions with 92 for the period under review, whereas Portland has recorded the least with four homicides.

Shootings, injured persons, rape and robberies reports have declined.

Break-ins, however, are up 6.8 per cent.

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