Police Commissioner George Quallo says up to Friday, more than fourteen hundred people have been murdered in Jamaica since the start of the calendar year.

With six weeks remaining in 2017, the murder count stands at 1,404.

That means a staggering 267 more people have been murdered this year when compared to the corresponding period last year.

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Commissioner Quallo says 82 percent of these murders have been committed with a gun. But he says the police have increased the seizures of firearms and ammunition since the start of the year.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Crime Portfolio, Selvin Hay, says the police will be increasing their capabilities in an effort to fight crime.

He says the police will also be stepping up their use of DNA evidence.

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The Commissioner indicated earlier that DNA evidence was used to arrest and charge a man in relation to the murder of 81-year-old woman Netty Rowe. She was raped and murdered in St. Ann earlier this year.