Twenty per cent increase in murders - JCF statistics
Statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) show that there was an almost 20 per cent increase in both murders and shootings for the period January 1 to June 24 this year when compared to the corresponding period last year.
The data shows that 697 murders were reported over the time, which is a 19.3 per cent increase from last year.
Also, shootings are up by 19 per cent from 522 reported incidents in 2016 to 621 in 2017.
But rape and aggravated assault have trended downwards by 16.7 per cent and 15.1 per cent respectively.
Despite the increase in murders and shootings, when compared to last year arrested with evidence this year has dropped by 331 from 1,953 to 1,622.
MOST POPULAR GUN
Although, the number of arrest made for breaches of the Firearm Acts has jumped to 304 from 215.
The gun has been the implement used in 584 of the 697 reported murders up to June 24, accounting for 83.8 per cent of all murders over the period.
A knife was used in 43 of the reported murders.
The police have managed to seize more firearms (402) and ammunition (7,343). Pistols (252) are the most popular type of gun recovered.
At the same point last year, 316 firearms were found with 192 being pistols while 4,667 rounds were seized.
Arrests have also increased to 5,860, in comparison to 2016 when 5,755 arrests were made. Although the number pales when compared to 2014 and 2015, when 14,845 and 7,682 were made respectively.
The number of motor vehicles stolen this year has risen from 273 in 2016 to 285. Of note also is that the amount of bikes stolen have almost doubled from 30 to 59.