KINGSTON, Jamaica — Crime statistics for last month are showing a significant decrease in six of the seven major crime listings, when compared to the same period last year.
According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, murders went down by 17 for the period, representing a 16 per cent decrease, while reported shootings declined by 33, a 25 per cent drop.
There were 87 murders in July 2012 compared to 104 in July 2011.
The police say the only category showing an increase was larceny, which went up by seven per cent.
Problematic police divisions of St Catherine North and South have seen significant decline in reported murders, with an overall reduction of 20 murders in July.
A reduction in the number of fatal shootings by police also continued in July with 20 recorded for the month compared to 27 last year.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, in charge of Operations Glenmore Hinds, said that while he was pleased, the push is now to reduce the figures even more for the rest of the year and beyond.
“The July results are very encouraging. They have been achieved by an increase in our operational outputs, better use of resources, better planning, and the strong commitment of members to effectively get the job done," he declared.
“I am very pleased with the noticeable improvements in our professionalism and I thank all members of the JCF, the ISCF and the Rural Police for sticking to the task at hand. Thanks also to the JDF for their assistance in stemming the flow of crime and members of the public who have supported our initiatives,” Hinds added.