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Murders spike in most police divisions

Published:Tuesday | September 24, 2013 | 8:42 AM

Nearly one-third of all police divisions island wide reported a more than 25 per cent increase in murders between January and September.

According to the latest statistics compiled by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the largest increase in murders was reported in Trelawny.

The division saw a 150 per cent spike when compared with the corresponding period of January 1 to September 21 last year.

St Mary was next with a 86 per cent increase in murders, followed by the Kingston Central Division, with a 71 per cent spike, and the Clarendon Police with a 67 per cent increase.

Murders in the Kingston West Division jumped by 45 per cent while Portland saw a 33 per cent spike.

The statistics also showed that murders were up between three and five per cent in St Elizabeth, St Thomas, Westmoreland, St Catherine North and St Catherine South.

When combined the data shows that 11 of the 19 police divisions nationwide reported some level of increase in murders.

Nationally, the JCF figures show that there has been 856 reported murders since January 1, an increase of five per cent when compared to the 817 reported for the corresponding period last year.

It also showed that while shootings were up four per cent, robberies were down three per cent; break-ins declined 26 per cent; rapes declined 19 per cent and aggravated assaults fell by 20 per cent.


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