In the first four days of the new year, murders are up by 30-percent when compared to the corresponding period of 2020.
That’s according to the latest Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, Crime Statistics.
While there’s been an uptick in murders, break-ins have decreased by 13% and rape by 25%.
Since January 1, 13 people have been murdered.
Over the same period last year, 10 people were murdered.
That’s an increase of 30%.
Murders were recorded across eight Police divisions.
Each of the divisions recorded two cases or less.
Murders were recorded across St. James, St. Ann, Clarendon, Kingston East, St. Andrew South, St. Andrew Central, St. Andrew North and St. Catherine North.
There’ve been zero murders in Hanover, Westmoreland, Trelawny, St. Mary, Portland, St. Elizabeth, Manchester, Kingston Central, Kingston West, St. Catherine South and St. Thomas.
Meanwhile, other major crimes are down in the first five days of the year.
Shootings are down 38% and robberies, 1100%.
In the meantime, the latest murders were recorded yesterday in the St. James and East Kingston Police divisions.
Two men were killed and two others injured during a gun attack in the western parish.
Over in East Kingston, a 23-year-old was killed and two others including a 16-year-old injured on Mountain View Avenue.
Dead is Kageem Hutchinson.
Hutchinson and the injured victims were among a group of people in the area when the shooting occurred.
Last year, 1,301 people were murdered.
The St. Andrew South Police division recorded the most murders in 2020 at 141.
However, this was a decline in the overall murder stats for the division when compared to 2019.
In 2019, the division recorded 166 murders.
The corporate area division was closely followed by St. Catherine North with 1-hundred and 25 murders and St. James with 121.
While there was an increase in murders in St. Catherine North, St. James recorded a decrease.
St. Catherine South and Clarendon round out the top 5.St. Catherine South recorded 111 murders in 2020 while the tally in Clarendon stood at 103.
Both divisions also recorded less murders overall in 2020 when compared to 2019.