2017 will go down as the third most murderous year in Jamaica’s history.
That’s according to crime statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF.
The statistics show that between January one and December 31, Jamaica recorded 1,617 murders. That’s an increase of almost 20-percent in comparison to the corresponding period for 2016, in which 1,349 murders were recorded.
The year 2009 remains Jamaica’s most murderous year, with 1,680 murders committed; Followed by 2005, in which 1,674 Jamaicans were murdered.
For 2017, the St. James police division again leads the nation in murders with 335. This is followed by Clarendon at 167 and St. Andrew South at 157 murders for the year.
August was the bloodiest month, with 171 murders, followed by June with 159. The vast majority of murders continue to be committed by gun – 82-percent.
During a visit to a number of corporate area police stations on Friday, Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips said 2017 was on course to becoming the bloodiest year on record.
The latest crime statistics reveal 2017 was actually the third highest number of murders recorded. The figures also show all other categories of crime decreasing, except shootings and murders.
Rapes have declined by over 15-percent in comparison to 2016. Aggravated assaults have also decreased by 12 percent. All other categories of crimes have gone down by an average of 12 percent.