Murders Up By 2.9%: 1273 J’cans Killed Between January 1 and December 14

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Neika Lewis reports.

The latest statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, show 1273 people have been killed in Jamaica so far in 2019.

The statistics are from January 1 to December 14.

The number of murders committed so far this year has made 2019 the ninth most murderous year in Jamaica’s history.

With 16 days to go before the year ends, 2019 could surpass 2018 as the eighth most murderous year in the nation’s history, where 1287 people were killed.

According to the latest statistics from the JCF, 36 more people have been killed in Jamaica so far this year, when compared to the similar period last year.

That’s a 2.9 percent increase in murders.

Ten of the nation’s 19 police divisions are showing increases in murders this year.

Six of those police divisions showing increases in murders are in the corporate area.

The Kingston Central Police division is showing the largest percentage increase in the country.

An ongoing gang feud in the division has led to a 1-hundred and 40 percent increase in murders.

Up to December 14 last year 15 people were killed in the division.

But, so far this year, 36 people have been killed.

Overall, 80 more people have been killed in the corporate area so far this year, when compared to the similar period last year.

The Kingston West and St. Catherine North police divisions are the only two divisions showing declines in murders.

Both are under enhanced security measures.

In the rural areas, St. Ann, St. James, Manchester and St. Elizabeth are showing up-ticks in murders.

However, 44 fewer people have been killed in rural parishes this year when compared to the similar period last year.

St. James is showing the largest increase in murders this year.

One hundred and 46 people have been killed so far this year in the western parish.

The State of Emergency in the parish was discontinued in December last year before being reinstated in April as part of the tri- state security measure earlier this year.

The parish of Portland has the lowest murder figures so far this year.

Ten people have been killed in the parish since the start of the year, down from the 14 who were killed there over the similar period last year.

Meanwhile, shootings, robberies and break-ins have all seen marginal increases this year and 640 guns and 12,538 rounds of ammunition have been seized this year.


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William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


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