One hundred and 19 Jamaicans have been murdered across the island in the last 31 days.

That’s according to the periodic crime statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF.

The statistics reveals a slight increase in murders.

Just over a dozen more shootings have also been committed in comparison to the same period last year.

However, the Police have recorded a 100% clear up rate since the start of the year in rape cases.

Tauna Thomas has been looking at the report.

Murders have increased by 3% when compared to the same period last year. For the month of January in 2020, 116 people were killed.

So far this year, the number of murders when compared to last year has increased by three.

St. James recorded the most murders so far this year at 19. The parish also recorded the biggest jump in murder numbers for 2021 when compared to the same period last year. Only five people were murdered in January 2020. The jump represents a 280% increase in murders for the parish since the start of the year.

The western parish was followed closely by a number of Corporate area Police divisions. In St. Andrew South 18 people were killed. There were 15 murders in Kingston Western and 14 in Kingston Central. St. Catherine North rounded out the top five most homicidal divisions since the start of the year with eight murders.

Meanwhile, incidents of shooting have seen a major increase so far this year. Last January the Police recorded 96 incidents of shooting. This has passed the 100 mark this January, with 112 incidents being recorded.

Over the weekend in the corporate area two shooting incidents led to the wounding of at least 11 people. Shootings in January this year have increased by nearly 17%.

Meanwhile, in other serious crimes, rape and aggravated assault have seen massive reductions in comparison to last year.

Rape cases have nearly been cut by half. The Police data says in last month they were 33 cases in comparison to 63 incidents last year. This represents a reduction of almost 48%.

These incidents of rape are also a stand-out statistic in the periodic report. This, as the clear up rate so far this year stands at 100%. All 33 cases of rape have been cleared up by the Police.

Aggravated assault is down just over 59% with 18 cases being recorded for the first 31 days of this year. There were 44 cases for the same period last year.