The Police are reporting that there has been a 32-percent reduction in serious and violent crimes for the period of January 1 to April 2.

The Police say two hundred and seventy-two murders have occurred since January of this year, compared to the 288 for the corresponding period in 2015.

Figures from the Statistics and Information Management Unit of the JCF are indicating that murders across the island are down by 6-percent and shootings by 8-percent.

Robberies are down by 33-percent while break-ins have seen a 46-percent reduction between January 1 and April 2 this year.

Other violent crimes have also seen reductions across the board to include rape, which has been reduced by 39-percent.

Larceny is also down by 60-percent and aggravated assault by 36-percent.

For the divisional numbers, the crime hot bed of St. James has achieved a 10-percent reduction in overall major crimes.

The parish, which has so far achieved the highest overall reduction of major crimes, is St. Elizabeth with a 66-percent reduction.

The parish with the least number of reported serious crimes is Hanover with 25 murders this year compared to 35 for the corresponding period last year.

The Clarendon Division has experienced an overall reduction of 24-percent in serious crimes, of which there’s a 35-percent reduction in shootings and 67-percent reduction in larceny-based offences.

Additionally, the St. Catherine North and St. Catherine South Divisions have both reduced major crimes by 46-percent.

The Kingston Eastern Division has the second lowest reported major crimes totaling 27 compared to 52 for the same period last year.

The Police say firearms continue to be the weapon of choice in murders accounting for 197 of the 272 reported to the Police since the start of the year.

Knives account for 36 of the murders committed.

Ten murders were committed using machetes while other weapons accounted for 29 murders.

There has also been a decline in the number of children who featured in the murder statistics this year compared to last year.

Seven children have been murdered since the start of this year compared to 20 who were murdered during the corresponding period last year.

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