Murders and all other categories of serious crimes continued a downward trend for the first four months of this year.
Statistics compiled by the Jamaica Constabulary Force revealed that there were 332 reported murders island-wide up to last weekend.
According to the data, there are 34 fewer murders or a 9% decline when compared with the corresponding period last year.
It also translates to an average of just under three murders per day.
According to the police force statistics, there were 42 police killings between January and the first of April, down from the 79 recorded over the same period last year.
A breakdown of the statistics shows that the decline in murders comes despite the fact that 8 of the 19 police divisions island-wide reported increases ranging from 8% across Kingston Western to a 100% increase in Portland.
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