Murder has increased 4.1% when compared to the similar point in 2021, according to a report by the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF.

The Serious Crimes Report for January 1 through May 14 lists 534 homicides compared to 513 for the corresponding period last year.

Statistics from St. James, Westmorland, and St. Mary ranked among the most significant increases. Each parish recorded a 50.8 per cent, 69.7 per cent, and 500 per cent uptick in killings, respectively.

Other Parishes have also endured an upsurge in violence.

St. Catherine recorded a 52 per cent increase in shooting incidents, while St. James recorded a 33.3 per cent increase in rape.

Conversely, St. Andrew North saw a drastic reduction in rape cases, with reports falling by 75 per cent.

Robberies fell by 75 per cent and 63.6 per cent in Portland and St. Mary, respectively.

Murders in Jamaica peaked in 2005 and again in 2017 with 1647 killings. To date, Jamaica has recorded 534 murders this year.