Security Minister Peter Bunting is urging Jamaicans not to be alarmed though the murder figures for this month may pass 100.
During his statement to Parliament yesterday, the minister stated “so far, we have averaged 3.2 murders per day compared to 2.75 per day for all of 2014.”
If this rate continues January could record 100 murders.
“Let me point out that even in 2014 we had two months with murders above 100, which points to the randomness in how these crimes occur and to demonstrate that we need not be unduly alarmed at this time,” the minister also said.
There was a 26 per cent increase in murders during the first 24 days of this year compared to the same period last year.
The spike in murders can be attributed almost entirely to an increase in murders in the St. Catherine North Division according to the minister.