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JCF says major crimes down
2013-02-27 11:17:15 | (0 Comments)
There has been a decline in almost all categories of major crimes since the start of the year.
Statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), show that there was an 18 per cent decline in murders during the first seven weeks of this year when compared to the corresponding period last year.
The JCF says there were 154 homicides during the period, which is 33 fewer than recorded for the similar period last year.
The statistics also show that there was a 15 per cent decline in shootings, a 25 per cent decline in break-ins, a 41 per cent decline in rapes and a 27 per cent drop in aggravated assaults.
Robbery was the only category of serious crimes to record an increase, going up by two per cent.
The JCF’s statistics also show that the reduction in murders continued across the violence-prone St Catherine North and South divisions as well as St James.
The St Catherine North division recorded a 50 per cent decrease in murders, while the St. Catherine South division recorded a 40 per cent decline.
Murders went down by 31 per cent in St James.
However, the statistics reveal that the usually peaceful parishes of Trelawny and St Mary recorded an increase in their murder rate.
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