There’s been a thirteen percent decline in murders since the start of the year.

The latest statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force show that 597 Jamaicans were murdered up to Friday, June 16.

This compared to 689 homicides recorded for the similar period in 2022.

The St. James Police Division, recorded the highest number of murders, with ninety-one.

That’s 18 fewer people compared to the 109 killed in the corresponding period last year. 

The Clarendon Police Division has registered a 52% increase in murders.

The division saw 52 people killed, up from 34 for the corresponding period last year. 

Westmoreland and the St. Andrew South Police Divisions followed, with 51 and 50 murders, respectively.

Portland is the division with the least number of murders, recording seven since January.

The country has also seen a decline in all other major crimes when compared to the similar period in 2022.

Rape is down by 29%, robbery is down by 25%, and break-ins have declined by 12%.