Murder Down 7% Nationally

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Three-hundred and fifty-nine people have been murdered across the island, between January one and Saturday, April six.

It’s a decline of more than 7-percent, compared to 2018, when 388 people were murdered during the similar period last year. That’s according to the latest crime statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

St James, St Andrew North, Clarendon, St Catherine South and Westmoreland, are among the police divisions with the highest number of murders.

Despite the removal of the States of Public Emergency in some of the crime-plagued areas across the island, murders continue to decline. But as the latest crime statistics show, that decline is not as rapid as previously recorded.

Between January 1-9, this year, for example, there was 25.5 percent decline in murders when compared to the corresponding period in 2018.

At that time the enhanced security measures were in place in St James, St Catherine North and parts of the Corporate Area. By February 1, all the enhanced security measures had expired.

Up to April 6, this year’s murder figures were trailing last year’s by only 7.5 percent. St James has recorded 42 murders, compared to 23, by this time last year. St James, had consistently recorded big declines in murders last year when the State of Public Emergency was in place. St Andrew South follows with 37 murders, compared to 54 same time last year.

Manchester saw the biggest spike, recording 10 murders up to Sunday. That’s compared to 4 murders same time last year.

Clarendon, Westmoreland, and St Catherine South also recorded in excess of 30 murders up to Sunday.

The St Catherine North and Kingston Western Police Divisions, continue to record decline in murders. And St Mary, Portland and St Elizabeth, recorded the fewest murders.

According to the JCF crime statistics, other major crimes are also on the decline. This includes rape, down by 31-percent and aggravated assault by 17-percent. But shootings have increased by 6 percent.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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