The latest statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, show that 8 more people have been killed across the country up to July 27 this year, when compared to the corresponding period last year.
So far this year the JCF has recorded 766 murders.
That’s a 1 percent increase over the corresponding period of 2018.
The Kingston Central police division is showing the biggest percentage increase so far this year.
Up to Saturday this year, murders are up 162% in the space where 21 people have died so far this year.
Overall 18 more people have been killed in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine since the start of 2019, than compared to the corresponding period in 2018.
But, there’s been an overall decline in murders in rural parishes.
Westmoreland leads the way where 30 fewer people have been killed than the 83 recorded over the corresponding period last year.
In Hanover, 17 fewer people than the 37 recorded over the similar period last year.
Westmoreland, St. James and Hanover all have States of Emergency declared.
Meanwhile, the Constabulary is reporting that it has seized almost 9-thousand-9-hundred rounds of ammunition so far this year.
That’s a 44-percent uptick in ammunition seizures.
Or, it means the police have seized three thousand more rounds of ammunition than was seized over the corresponding period last year.
In the latest reported seizure, the Constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit says a man was taken into custody on Sunrise Cresent in Constant Spring, St. Andrew today.
He was held with 36 assorted rounds of ammunition.