Montague wants Jamaicans intervene in disputes
National Security Minister Robert Montague is urging Jamaicans to get involved and try to help resolve disputes if they become aware of squabbles.
"We call upon all Jamaicans, because they have heard their neighbours quarrelling. They have heard the fuss between wife and husband next door, but don't want to get involved. We urge them to get involved, to say a soft word to help to resolve the problem. Do not just wait until there is a death and then go to the funeral," Montague said.
The minister, who was speaking at a function at the Police Academy at Twickenham Park, St Catherine, said that many of the country's murders are a result of domestic violence.
"A recent study has shown that 37 per cent of our murders are as a result of domestic violence, and, indeed, 30 per cent can be attributed to the lottery scam," Montague said.
Police data also show that up to Tuesday, 893 persons were reported murdered across the 19 police divisions islandwide since January 1. This is just about one per cent more than the 882 killings recorded for the corresponding period last year.
"As a nation that is confronted with a heavy burden of crime, we must look to the sources of crime - the antisocial behaviour, our social problems, lack of infrastructure and poor education outcomes," Montague said.
He said that the Jamaica Constabulary Force is set to roll out a public relations programme which is aimed at engaging people to resolve conflicts without violence.