Jamaica Murder tally 594, a 7% increase from last year

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Jamaica Murder tally 594, a 7% increase from last year

For years, the murder rate in Jamaica has been astronomical. And tragically that trend looks set to continue based on what’s happened during the first five months of this year.

Per this Jamaica STAR report, through January 30, Jamaica had already recorded 132 murders and the island nation is this year on pace to dwarf the 1463 homicide total of last year.

Despite the promises of the Holness government and of Security Minister Chang, the murder rate continues to soar, without any respite.

Still, despite the horror of such high annual homicide numbers plaguing Jamaica, many of the activists enjoyed their fifteen minutes during the Royal Visit, once more crying about reparations, all the while ignoring the cries of helpless Jamaicans who fall victim to violent crimes.

According to the Jamaica Gleaner: St James is the first police division to surpass 100 murders with 101, a 44 per cent increase when compared to 70 homicides recorded during the corresponding period in 2021. 

The murder tally in Jamaica now stands at 594 as at May 27. 

This represents a seven per cent increase year on year.

The figure shows that 20 persons were killed in the four days since the last crime statistics were released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force on May 23. 

At that time, the murder tally was 574. 

St James is the first police division to surpass 100 murders with 101, a 44 per cent increase when compared to 70 homicides recorded during the corresponding period in 2021. 

Westmoreland 61, St Catherine North 56, St Andrew South 52 and St Catherine South 46 round out the top five murderous divisions so far this year. 

Robbery and break-ins have recorded increases.

Other major crimes such as shootings, injured persons, and rape have declined. 

– Andre Williams

Murder tally climbs to 594 | News  Jamaica Gleaner


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