No quick fix for crime - Montague
Minister of National Security Robert Montague has restated the position that there is no magic bullet for solving crime.
"There is no quick fix in reducing crime, there is no instant solution because there is no switch to turn crime on or off. We must unite as a people and engage in focused action against crime; we must help the police and not the criminal," he said.
He was making a presentation at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference on Monday at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.
Montague said that every Jamaican must play their part in reducing crime, and urged partnership with the security forces.
The minister noted that there have been reductions in five of the seven major categories of crime for the first six months of the calendar year.
"When you aggregate all of the figures, overall there has been a five per cent decrease in crime in 2017 up to June, compared to 2016," he said.
"We have seen a decrease in aggregated assault by 15 per cent; break-ins by eight per cent; larceny by 32 per cent; rape by 17 per cent; and robbery by 26 per cent. Where we have seen an increase is in shooting by 20 per cent and in murder by 19.7 per cent," Montague added.