At least 25 people have been killed across Jamaica in the first four days of 2018.
That’s according to the latest crimes statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF.
Among the bloodiest parishes so far are St. Andrew, Clarendon and St. Catherine. There are four parishes that haven’t recorded any deaths in 2018.
At least one Member of Parliament has publicly called for citizens to stand against the bloodletting that has continued into the New Year.
Seven people have been murdered in the parish of St Andrew between January 1 and January 4. That makes the metropolitan parish the bloodiest parish so far this year. That’s according data from the Constabulary’s Statistics and Information Management Unit.
St. Andrew is closely followed by Clarendon with 5 murders. All five murders reportedly took place on the same day.
Clarendon was Jamaica’s second most deadly parish in 2017 recording 167 murders.
This hot start in murders this year has prompted Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Mike Henry, to call on all the residents in the parish to take a stand against crime.
The parish recording the third most murders so far this year is St. Catherine. It has four killings already. This means on average a staggering six people have been killed per day across the nation so far in 2018.
In comparison, 125 people were killed in January 2017 at a rate of 4 murders per day. If the 2018 numbers were to hold then there would be more than 2100 murders for the year.
The gun continues to be the weapon of choice for murders. Twenty-one of the 25 killings have been carried out by the gun. Four persons have been chopped or stabbed to death.
In addition, 92-percent of those murdered so far this year have been men. This means 23 of the persons killed have been men with the other two being women.
Four parishes are yet to record a murder in 2018. They are Portland, Manchester, St. Elizabeth and Trelawny.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition JCSC, says Jamaicans must treat the country’s murder problem with the same urgency shown in preparing for a hurricane.
Member of the JCSC, Carole Narcisse, says the murder of 25 people in the first four days of the year shows that Jamaica hasn’t turned a page for the new year.
She says there’s a need for deep social engagement to curb the murder problem as there are no quick fixes.
Ms Narcisse says the entire society needs to become engaged in preventative and restorative work in order to deal with the crime problem.