Crime Stop received more tips in 2017
Crime Stop Jamaica is reporting that there was a 74 per cent increase in tips received during 2017 compared to the previous year.
In a release yesterday, the organisation noted that in 2017, it received 912 tips, compared to the 523 tips received in 2016.
The organisation is also reporting that the total number of arrests rose by 79 per cent. In 2017, 61 arrests were made, compared to 34 in 2016.
However, the success rate fell from one in six in 2016, to a one in eight.
In 2017, Crime Stop Jamaica seized/destroyed nearly $18 million worth of drugs. This is more than double the $8,405,640 amount recorded for 2016.
A total of $2,397,200 was paid out by or through Crime Stop Jamaica. In 2016, the total was $620,500.
The Rewards for Guns Campaign, paid by the Ministry of National Security through Crime Stop, accounted for the majority of rewards with a total of just under $2 million.
Under the programme, increased rewards were offered for the seizure of illegal firearms and ammunition.
The organisation reported that since Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the campaign on September 3, 2017, tips received regarding illegal firearms and ammunition increased significantly.