A total of 182 people have been murdered in the first 41 days of 2018.
The figure represents an increase of 14.5-percent when compared with the same period of January 1 to February 10 last year. The figures were revealed in the most recent crime statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF. The eight police divisions making up Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine have recorded a more than 42 percent hike in the murder rate.
It has moved from 64 people killed over the period in 2017 to 91 people being killed this year. But there’s a just over 4 percent decrease in the murder rate across the rest of the country. There may be evidence that the State of Public Emergency declared in St. James on January 18 may be paying dividends in the parish.
According to the latest statistics from the JCF there’s been a 50-percent decline in murders in the parish when compared to the same period last year. Only 12 people have been killed in the parish so far this year compared to 24 up to February 10 last year.
There are also 50 percent decreases in St. Ann where five people have been killed this year compared to 10 over the same period last year. The Kingston Western Police Division is also recording a 50 percent decrease in murder. One of two Zones of Special Operation is in effect in Denham Town in West Kingston.
Kingston Central, St. Andrew North, Hanover and St. Elizabeth are the other police divisions showing reductions in murder so far this year. Portland is the only parish to show no change in the murder rate.
One person was killed over the same period last year and one person was killed this year. But, while seven police divisions are showing reductions and Portland is showing no change, the rest of the 19 police divisions are all showing increases in murder.
St. Catherine North leads the nation as the bloodiest police division so far this year, recording at least 26 murders. That’s a more than 44-percent increase over the same period last year where 18 people were killed.
Clarendon follows in a close second, recording 24 murders so far this year compared to 19 over the same period last year.
Westmoreland and St. Andrew South are tied in third place, both recording 17 murders so far this year. But that’s an increase of more than 180-percent in St. Andrew South when compared to 6 murders over the same period last year.
There’s a 400-percent increase in Trewlany where 5 people have been killed so far compared to 1 person being murdered over the same period last year.
Eight people have been killed in St. Thomas so far this year compared to 3 over the same period last year.
Kingston East, St. Catherine South and St. Andrew Central have all more than doubled their murder rate when compared to the same period last year.