'Virtual explosion' in murders, says SmithMonday, March 16, 2015
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition spokesman on national security, Derrick Smith, has again expressed concern about what he describes as a "virtual explosion" the number of murders since the start of the year.
In a statement issued this afternoon, Smith noted that the latest murder figures he has received (up to March 13) show that there were 222 murders up to then, which was 33 murders more than the 189 reported over the same period of 2014.
He said that an almost 20 per cent increase is not a good sign for 2015, as the murders seem to have settled at three per day since January, while serious crimes also remain a major concern.
Smith insisted that the country must be even more concerned that this has occurred one year after the Government has instituted the Anti-Gang Act, which he said is supposed to drastically reduce murders, especially those which are listed as gang related.
"The Government should bear in mind that that the measures proposed in this Act, which reflect the views and ideas of many law enforcement professionals, business people, academics and other concerned Jamaicans, are aimed at contributing significantly to reducing crime, especially murders. If this is not happening, one year after the Bill was passed in Parliament, the minister needs to update the nation on what is wrong," Smith said.