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Calls to Crime Stop cut by half
2012-05-28 17:28:17 | (0 Comments)
Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer
Police officers surveying a crime scene- file photo
Data has revealed that Crime Stop has seen a significant drop in the number of Jamaicans providing information to the body as it seeks to combat crime.
Last year, Crime Stop received 705 calls, which is less than half of the 1,436 calls in 2010.
At the same time, there was a marked fall in the sums paid out to callers by the crime fighting programme.
In 2011, $916,800 was paid in rewards, which is less than half of what was paid out last year.
In 2010, a total of 2,368,500 was paid out in rewards.
In the meantime, investigations stemming from the 705 calls received in 2011 led to the arrest of 76 persons.
Thirty three of the arrests were for drug charges, eight for murder and six for illegal possession of firearm.
And calls to Crime Stop led to the seizure of narcotics valued at approximately $45.5 million and the recovery of property valued at approximately $17.2 million.
The statistics were published in the 2011 Economic and Social Survey put out by the Planning Institute of Jamaica.
Source: The Gleaner/Power 106 News
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