Murders soar 21 per cent
Jamaica's murder tally has jumped more than 21 per cent.
Data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) indicates that 891 persons were murdered as of August 5. This represents a 21.6 per cent increase or 158 more murders than the corresponding period last year.
The data also show that shootings are up 19 per cent. Some 157 murders were recorded in June, making it the bloodiest month since last November when 153 persons were killed. July recorded 136 murders while there were 24 murders in the first five days of August.
Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine have accounted for 389 murders, an increase of 35 per cent when compared with the corresponding period last year.
Hanover has recorded a 100 per cent increase in murders, with 40 killings recorded in the parish. Westmoreland has recorded a 37 per cent increase and murders in St James have jumped by 16 per cent.
St Thomas, Trelawny, St Mary, Portland, Clarendon and St Elizabeth have all recorded decreases in the number of murders.
Meanwhile, rape has decreased by 18.7 per cent while aggravated assault is down 13.8 per cent. The acquisitory crimes, robbery, break-in and larceny, are down a combined 18.6 per cent.