Stevian Simmonds reports

There’s been a two-point seven percent decline in murders so far this year, compared to the corresponding period for last year.

According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Crime statistics, 1029 people have been murdered between January one and October 17 this year.

That’s 29 fewer murders than the 1,058 people who were killed last year.

The St Andrew South and the St Catherine North Police Divisions have recorded the most murders, with 113 and 97 murders, respectively.

Up to this time last year, 141 people were murdered in St Andrew South and 74 in St Catherine North.

The St James and the St Catherine South Police Divisions follow, with 92 and 85 murders respectively.

In 2019, St James recorded 117 murders and St Catherine South recorded 104 for period under review.

That’s am 18-per cent reduction in murders in St Catherine South.

Senior Superintendent of Police, SSP, Clive Blair is the Commander of that Division.

SSP Blair says there are some 22 criminal gangs in the area with 15 being active.

He says the nightly curfew has assisted the Police in maintaining law and order.

According to the JCF statistics, Portland with nine murders and Trelawny with 18 murders, have the lowest numbers so far this year.

According to the statistics, shootings also decreased by one point seven percent, rapes are down by 11-per cent, and robberies decreased by 14 per cent.