The latest crime statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force reveal a 21 per cent reduction in murders across the country up to Saturday, November 3, 2018. A total of 1087 persons have been killed unlawfully compared with 1386 for the corresponding period last year.
The figures also reflect the troubling onslaught of crime against the nation’s children with 40 minors having been killed so far this year, 27 boys and 13 girls.
The month of October had the second lowest number of murders in a month since the start of the year with 99, bettered only by June when 87 murders were recorded.
There has also been a reduction in all major crimes. There has been a 20 per cent reduction in shootings, 30 per cent reduction in rape and aggravated assault, eleven per cent reduction in robberies and a seven per cent reduction in break-ins.
And the Get the Guns campaign continues to reap rich rewards with 637 illegal guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition having been seized since the start of the year. Among the numbers are 48 rifles, 13 sub machine guns and 446 pistols.