Tauna Thomas reports.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, says 2010 to 2019 shows the first decrease in total major crimes by decade.

In a social media post, the JCF says this means the country is making significant progress in the fight against crime.

The JCF says the country recorded over 12 thousand major crimes annually in 2010.

However, this figure has more than halved to just under six-thousand in 2019.

The JCF says this decrease comes after decades of increases by decade since tracking began in the 1960s.

This it says is a signal of important progress and a trend in the right direction towards greater safety.

The JCF says over the last two years, the Enhanced Security Measures, ESM, namely the States of Public Emergency and Zones of Special Operations have reduced murders by up to 70-per cent in high-crime communities, potentially saving hundreds of lives.

It says after a 22-per cent drop in 2018, largely due to the implementation of ESMs islandwide, the murder toll crept up by 3-per cent in 2019.

In his New Year’s address, Prime Minister Andrew Holness restated his commitment to reduce the murder rate significantly over the next decade.

The Prime Minister also vowed to enhance the security forces’ ability to respond to crime.