Murders in Jamaica this year compared to last year continue to trend down by double-digit numbers.
The latest figures prepared by the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, show that as of this just-concluded weekend – murders are down by approximately 22-percent.
This means 271-fewer people have been murdered in the island this year compared to 2017.
St. James with a 67-percent reduction and Kingston Central with a 54-percent decrease have seen the largest decline in murders so far this year.
The figures show that 154-fewer people were murdered in St. James this year compared to last year.
There’s been a 24-percent decline in murders in the St. Catherine North Division, where like St. James, a State of Public Emergency has been in place since earlier this year.
Manchester has seen a 47-percent reduction in murders this year with 17-fewer people being killed in the parish this year compared to last year
The normally quiet parish of Portland where six murders took place as of October 6 last year has so far experienced 11 murders this year.
Fifteen more people have been killed in St. Ann this year compared to last year.
This represents a 31-percent increase in murders in that parish. Seven more murders have been recorded this year in both St. Thomas and St. Mary compared to the corresponding period for last year.
The gun continues to be the weapon of choice for criminals in Jamaica.
A firearm was used to take the life of 79-percent of the 983 people murdered in the island this year.