Jamaica Police force reports increase in murders

By Rumi Samuel Published on November 12, 2021
Jamaica Police force reports increase in murders

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said more than 1,200 murders in just over ten months of this year, significantly higher than the same period last year.

Figures released by the JCF showed 1,215 killings from January 1 to November 6, compared to 1,101 during the corresponding period in 2020. This represents an increase of 10.4 per cent.

The St Andrew South Police Division continues to lead in murders so far this year, with 144 cases, or 20 more cases compared to 124 murders recorded for the corresponding period.

St James followed with an increase of 35 murders, from 98 cases last year to 133 points this year; St Catherine South up by 19, from 92 to 111; and Westmoreland up by 35, from 65 to 100.

Despite Portland recording the second-highest percentage increase in homicides, with killings in the division up 55.6 per cent, the parish, ironically, is the least murderous parish in 2021. Portland reported 14 homicides this year, up from nine last year.

The JCF said that the number of shootings islandwide rose marginally by 0.6 per cent, with the figures showing there were 1,081 shootings, six more than last year.

The police are recording declines in rapes, robberies, and break-ins for the same period this year. The authorities said there were 340 rapes, down from the 467 last year, representing a reduction of 127 cases or 27.2 per cent.

There were 633 robberies, or a 27.7 per cent decrease this year compared to 876 in 2020.

The JCF said that the total number of severe and violent crimes committed so far this year has declined by 8.7 per cent, with a total of 4,031 compared to 4,415 last year.

Rumi Samuel

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