Jamaica has recorded 935 murders so far this year.

That’s according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, Crime statistics for the period January 1 to August 28.

That’s 83 more murders or a 9.7 percent increase when compared to the corresponding period in 2020. One hundred and three people were murdered between August 1 and 28, this year.

That’s compared to 88 over the same time last year.

According to the JCF crime statistics, the gun continues to be the weapon used in a majority of homicides so far this year with a firearm being used to claim 796 lives.

The police have seized 457 firearms and 6,366 rounds of ammunition during the period under review.

Eight children are among those who have been murdered since the start of the year.

The St. Andrew South Police Division continues to lead in murders with 116 cases followed by St. James with 106 and Kingston Western with 84.

In the meantime, Trelawny has overtaken Portland as the least murderous parish. Trelawny has recorded nine murders so far, down from 14. Portland has recorded 12 homicides, up from eight.

In addition, declines have been recorded in cases of rapes, aggravated assaults, robberies and break-ins.

There were 278 reports of rape, down from the 396 for the corresponding period last year.

Aggravated assaults are down to 225 from 275.

Some 512 robberies have been recorded compared to 720 same time last year and break-ins are at 593, down from 711.