Nora Gaye Banton reports

The Jamaica Constabulary Force JCF is reporting a 9.2 percent increase in murders across the island in comparison to the same period last year.

The data was revealed in the latest Crime Statistics published by the Jamaica Constabulary Force, for the period January one to October 16.

According to the JCF, there have been 5 more shootings for the same period last year.

However, rape has declined by 29.4 percent.

Murders have increased by 9.2 percent when compared to the same period last year.

The country recorded 1,130 murders, 95 more than last year’s total of 1,035.

At least 10 Police Divisions have seen an increase in murders.

Leading the way is Kingston Central with a 58.3 percent increase.

This is followed by Westmoreland with 55.9 percent.

Portland has also recorded double digits with a 44.4 percent increase.

Murders have decreased in Nine Police Divisions.

St. Elizabeth has seen a 25 percent decline.

Also murders in St. Andrew North have declined by 24.5

Shootings across the island have increased by 0.5 percent.

The country has recorded 1009 shootings in comparison to last year’s 1004.

Westmoreland tops the list with a drastic 67.7 percent increase.

Kingston Central comes next with a 45 percent increase.

But shootings have declined in Nine Police Divisions.

101 more persons have been injured in comparison to last year.

However, there has been a 29. 4 percent reduction in the number of rape cases across the island.

317 cases of rape have been reported this year in comparison to last year’s 449.

A total of ten Police Divisions have seen an increase in cases of rape reported.

Robberies have declined by 27.6 percent.

Break-ins have also seen a 14.1 percent decline.

In January, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said if the States of Public Emergency, SOEs, had not ended, the country’s murder statistics for 2020 would’ve been better.

The Prime Minister made his support for using SOE’s in the country’s crime efforts earlier this year.