Murders down 21%

Security forces launch anti-crime operation

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

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The security forces say they have launched a massive operation aimed at reducing crime, particularly murders, in a number of police divisions heading into the festive season.

News of the operation came yesterday as the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) reported a 21.7 per cent decrease in murders for the period January 1 to December 1, 2018.

According to the JCF's periodic serious and violent crimes review for the year to December 1, there were 1,073 shootings, compared to 1,365 over the same period last year, a reduction of 21.4 per cent.

Rape was also down 12.2 per cent with 402 reported this year compared to 458 for the same period last year.

Aggravated assault, the JCF said, also saw a decrease of 11.8 per cent as there were 343 cases reported this year compared to 389 for the same period in 2017.

The overall decrease in these crimes, categorised by the JCF as “serious and violent”, is 19.4 per cent for the January 1 to December 1 period.

The police data also showed decreases in robbery, 12.6 per cent; and break-ins, 5.1 per cent. However, larceny saw an increase of 5.3 per cent with 140 reported cases this year compared to 133 last year.

Meanwhile, a news release yesterday from Major Basil Jarrett, civil military cooperation and media affairs officer for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), said the targeted areas for the operation are sections of Westmoreland, Hanover, St James, Clarendon, St Catherine, and Kingston and St Andrew.

“These areas will see a large deployment of soldiers and police over the coming days and weeks, conducting targeted raids, vehicle checkpoints, aerial operations, patrols, cordon and searches, snap raids and curfews, in the pursuit of wanted men and high violence producers,” Jarrett said.

“The JDF has committed all available resources and personnel to the fight as we put our support behind the police who are leading the operations,” Jarrett said, adding that the measures are also aimed at dismantling gangs breaking up the related activities that have persisted in these communities.

Jarrett also issued an appeal to law-abiding citizens to “play their part by calling the various dedicated tip lines to give information on known criminal activity”.

The JDF tip line number is 876-837-8888. Citizens may also call Crime Stop at 311 or 1-888-991-4000.

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