More than 1,265 people have been murdered since the start of the year; making the country’s murder rate increase by 26 percent over the similar period last year.

Nationwide News has obtained the latest crime statistics, from January up to October 15 this year, from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit, CCU.

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay is head of the CCU.

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She says the St. James Police Division is leading the chart with 235 murders. It’s followed by Clarendon with 131, and St. Andrew South, 124 murders.

Portland has recorded the fewest murders; five.

There’s a reduction in all major crimes except murders and shootings. Rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies have all declined by at least 14 percent.

In the meantime, Superintendent Lindsay says the police have seized 698 guns and over 7,000 rounds of ammunition up to October 15.

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