Jamaica records increased murders in first week of 2022

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KINGSTON, Jamaica– Jamaica has recorded 37 murders during the first eight days of the new year, nine more than for the same period in 2021, according to figures released by the police.

Last week, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) reported that 1,463 murders had been committed in the previous year, 132 or almost 10 percent above the murder total for 2020.

While several police divisions have recorded no murders up to January 8, the St Catherine North Police Division has reported seven cases, Westmoreland with six, and Kingston Central with four points.

The JCF’s serious crimes report also showed a marginal decrease in the number of shooting incidents as of last Saturday.

There were 27 cases of shootings so far this year, compared to 30 for the same period last year, which represented a decrease of 10 percent.

The figures also show that the total number of severe and violent crimes committed this year has declined by 16.5 percent, with a total of 91 powerful and violent crimes up to last Saturday compared to 109 last year.

Declines have also been recorded in cases of rapes and break-ins, with the figures showing that only two points of rape were reported up to January 8, down from the 21 for the corresponding period last year.

The JCF reported nine break-ins this year compared to 14 in 2021, while the numbers of robberies committed islandwide up to last Saturday remained the same as the 16 cases reported for the corresponding period in 2021.

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