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Murders down 8.2 per cent

Published:Friday | August 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE PLANNING Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has reported an 8.2 per cent decrease in the murder rate for the period January to June 2014.

The PIOJ's deputy director general, Richard Lumsden, says the rate declined to 18.2 per 100,000 of the population, down from 19.9 for the corresponding period in 2013.

Murder is treated as a Category One crime, in keeping with the Jamaica Constabulary Force classifications.

Others in this category include: shooting, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, break-ins, and larceny, as well as acquisitory crimes.

Speaking at the PIOJ's quarterly media briefing at the Institute's New Kingston head office on Wednesday, where he gave a Vision 2030 Jamaica update on indicators of well-being for crime and labour force quality, Lumsden said the rate of Category One crimes declined by 10.3 per cent for the period under review, relative to the corresponding period last year.

"A total of 161 Category One crimes per 100,000 population were committed over the period January to June 2014, a decline from 180 per 100,000 population over the similar period in 2013. These figures continue the downward trend in overall crime rates that began in June of 2010, for a fourth consecutive year," the deputy director general said.

Lumsden said the labour force quality improved marginally, with 24.3 per cent of persons in this group having vocational or professional certification.

He indicated that, based on the quarterly labour force survey for April 2014, this is a 0.1 per cent increase from the 24.2 per cent in April 2013.