Preliminary information from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, suggests that 360 fewer people were killed in 2018 when compared to 2017.

According to preliminary police statistics, 1,287 people were murdered across the country last year. That’s a 21.9 per cent decline in murders when compared to the 1,647 people who were killed in 2017.

In total, 12 of the country’s 19 police divisions showed declines in murder last year in comparison to 2017. There was also a more than 15-per cent decrease in all other categories of serious and major crimes.

The St James Police Division recorded the largest decline in murders in the country as 239 fewer people were killed in the parish last year when compared to 2017. The 102 murders reported in St James represent a 70-per cent decline in killings when compared to the 341 murders recorded in 2017.

The first of three States of Public Emergency declared last year was unveiled in St. James on January 18.

In the St. Catherine North Police Division, where the second special security measure was declared, there were 98 murders. That’s a decrease of almost 30-per cent over the previous year.

In total, only four police divisions registered triple-digit murders. St. Andrew South leads the nation with 148 murders. That police division is followed closely by Westmoreland which recorded 141 murders and Clarendon with 133.

Seven of the nation’s 19-police divisions showed increases in murder in 2018 when compared to the previous year.

There were 36 murders in St. Mary in 2018. That’s an increase of 12 murders in that parish when compared to 2017. This, represents the biggest jump in any police division last year.

Meanwhile, there were declines in all other categories of major crimes. Shootings are down by more than 22-per cent. While rapes and aggravated assaults are down by approximately 12-per cent. Motor vehicle thefts and larceny are also down when compared to 2017.