At least 471 people have been murdered in Jamaica since the start of the year.
That’s an increase of almost 6-percent over the corresponding period last year. This according to the latest statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF. The Constabulary’s figures cover January 1 to April 28 this year.
St. Andrew South continues to record the most murders with 68 persons being killed over the period. That’s an increase of 46 more murders, or more than 200-percent, when compared to the 22 persons who were killed in 2017 over the corresponding period.
12 of the 19 police divisions in the country are showing increases in murders.
The St. Catherine North police division is showing the second largest increase this year when compared to last year.
So far, 54 people have been killed in the division. That’s 11 more murders than last year. There’s now a State of Public Emergency in the police division.
Westmoreland has registered 50 murders so far this year.
And, 49 people have been killed in Clarendon so far this year. They round out the top three most murderous parishes so far for 2018.
St. James has shown the biggest drop in murders. 30 people have been killed in the parish since the start of the year.
90 people were killed in St. James over the same period last year. That’s a reduction of more than 66-percent. There’s a State of Emergency in force in St. James and a Zone of Special Operations in Mount Salem in the parish.
Kingston Central, St. Andrew North, Hanover, St. Ann and Manchester are the other police divisions showing decreases in murders.
In fact, Manchester and Portland are the least murderous parishes — both recording 5 killings so far this year.
St. Catherine South is the only parish to record no change in murder figures, registering 28 so far this year.
Meanwhile, there’s a 2.5-percent decrease in most of the other major crimes categories since the start of the year with only larceny showing an almost 16 percent increase.