Dutty rapists! - Trelawny records 225 per cent rise in rape
Western Jamaica's safest parish, Trelawny, has been hit by a massive increase in rape, recently released police statistics have revealed.
The parish has seen a 225 per cent increase in rape this year when compared to the corresponding period last year.
The increase represents the highest margin in the entire country. Kingston Western trails Trelawny in this area, coming a distant second with 75 per cent.
Clive Blair, the superintendent in the parish, told The WESTERN STAR that an alleged rapist was arrested on the weekend.
"We have some concerns about that but we are making some headway," Blair said. "We are pursuing these individuals who are wanted for cases of rape."
The Jamaica Constabulary Force numbers indicate that 13 persons have been raped in Trelawny, nine more than the corresponding period last year.
The period under review is January 1, 2017 to August 5, 2017. In the corresponding period last year, Trelawny recorded four cases of rape.
A total of 74 cases of rape have been recorded in western Jamaica, 21 of which were committed in Westmoreland, 18 in St Elizabeth, 20 in St James, and two in Hanover.
However, Hanover, which has so far recorded a 100 per cent increase in murder, has seen a 77 per cent reduction in rape.
Meanwhile, Blair said that the cops in Trelawny have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to crime fighting. The parish has 13 murders compared to 14 this time last year.
He said that the reason the numbers are being kept relatively low is due in part to "the number of targeted operations that we are doing."
"We are targeting the violence producers, persons who are wanted, and we are targeting even minor offences. Once you target minor offences, you don't allow it to become major, so it is a zero-tolerance approach," Blair said.
The senior lawman told The WESTERN STAR that the cops will be unrelenting in hunting down criminals in the parish.