Reduction in Serious and Violent Crimes
April 11, 2018- The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is reporting that there is an overall 5.1% reduction in serious and violent crimes as at Sunday, April 7 compared to the same period in 2017.
As at April 7 this year, there has been 385 reported murders or a 4.1% increase when compared to the same period last year. Shootings are up marginally with a 0.6% increase. However, there is a 17.6% reduction in the number of reported cases of rape and a 33.1% reduction in aggravated assault.
Of note, St. James, where there is a State of Public Emergency and a Zone of Special Operation, recorded 46 fewer murders or just over 66% reduction when compared to the same period in 2017. and Kingston Western Division has seen a 7.4% reduction in murders. The Catherine North Division has however seen a 34% increase in murders.
Other divisions that have seen double-figure reductions in murders are Kingston Central -44%, St. Andrew North -31%, Hanover -60%, St. Ann -33% and Manchester -60%.
The gun continues to be the main tool used in murders, featuring in 81.4% or 301 murders of the 385 recorded. As such, the Police is reminding persons to report the guns to Crime Stop at 311 and that there is a reward available for information leading to the seizure of guns and arrest of wanted persons.
Approximately 205 firearms, including 15 rifles and 150 pistols have been seized since April 7, 2018.
Additionally, a total of 100 million dollars is available for the recovery of guns, ammunition and explosives. The reward for each guns is a follows: rifles and sub-machine guns $150,000.00, pistols and shotguns- $100,000.00, revolvers- $75,000.00, explosives and ammunition- negotiable.