Murders Up 26 Percent In First 9 Months Of 2017
National crime statistics have revealed that 1,216 persons were killed across the island between January 1 and October 4 , 2017.
This represents a 26 percent increase in the number of homicides when compared to the corresponding period in 2016.
Between the same period last year, 962 persons were killed.
This year’s figures equate to a daily murder rate of 4.4 – compared to a murder rate of 3.5 for the same period in 2016.
St James has so far recorded 224 murders with 127 being recorded in Clarendon.
August has been the bloodiest month so far with 169 murders recorded.
Police have pledged to intensify efforts to arrest the spike in crime.
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