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Bunting announces anti-crime measures as murders rise

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2013 | 6:16 PM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio

Faced with a spike in murders over the past two months, the National Security Minister, Peter Bunting has outlined a range of measures to be taken to stem the rise.

Speaking in parliament this afternoon, the national security minister said the government was moving swiftly to ensure that the gains made by the police in reducing crime since 2010 are not reversed.

As a result, he said there’s to be a scale back in administrative work by the police with more personnel becoming involved in operations.

There are also to be increased numbers of curfews, cordon, and search and raids in crime hot spots.

The national security minister also said the government would be fast-tracking the passage of legislation related to prosecution of drug smugglers at sea and the ‘Anti-Gang’ Bill.

He also said more resources are to be given to the police who are to be supplied with upgraded finger printing equipment and additional vehicles.

Bunting has also disclosed the introduction of closed circuit television (CCTV) in Montego Bay and the planned roll out of the facility in Ocho Rios.

Murders increase

The minister said said there had been 251 murders between June 30 and August 31, an average of four per day.

Some 197 murders occurred in the corresponding two-month period in 2012.

Bunting told the parliament that there was a spike in murders being committed in the course of robbery.

He said 90 such murders occurred over the two-month period this year compared with 41 in the similar period in 2012.

According to Bunting, this suggested that hardened criminals were diversifying into robbery as other sources of illicit income such as extortion or lottery scamming are eroded by the police.


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