POLICE statistics indicate that more than 30 persons have been murdered in the first week of 2012.
The worrying trend has spurred the newly installed Minister of National Security Peter Bunting and the Police High Command to signal their intention to bring the fight to the criminals.
The rise in murders comes on the heels of Police Commissioner Owen Ellington, praising members of the constabulary for the role in the significant reduction of murders last year.
Two farmers are two of the latest additions to the murder tally after they killed yesterday.
They have been identified as Timi Simpson of African Gardens at August Town, St Andrew and Everald Williams of Planters in Old Harbour, St Catherine.
Both are 27 years old.
Police report that about 1:30 pm, Simpson was sitting on a chair in his yard when a man approached and shot him several times. He was pronounced dead at hospital.
About 90 minutes later Willaims was among a group of men playing dominoes when a man approached and opened fire, causing the group to scamper for cover.
However, Williams fell and the man went over and shot him dead.