Over 200 murders in 52 days

February 22, 2021
Crime scene

Over 200 murders have been committed in Jamaica, with just 52 days gone in the year.

According to the latest statistics compiled by the police, a total of 212 killing were recorded islandwide between January 1 and today.

This represents a six per cent increase over the comparative period last year.

Jamaica recorded just over 1,300 murders last year.

The figures reveal, too, that shootings are up nine per cent this year.

According to the figures, a total of 189 shootings were recorded up to Monday, an increase of 15 when compared with the corresponding period last year.

The increased killings and shootings come amid the nightly curfews and other COVID-19 containment measures imposed by the government, which have largely restricted the movement of citizens.

The latest crime figures show, however, a 46 per cent drop in reported rapes; an eight per cent decrease in reported robberies; and a 28 per cent decline in reported break-ins.

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