This represents a seven per cent increase year on year. Which is a shame for this beautiful country as its largest economic dependency is tourism. When numbers of crime and murder go up then it becomes a less desirable place for people to visit.
The figure shows that 20 persons were killed in the four days since the last crime statistics were released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force on May 23. The frequency of these crimes are becoming alarming and the forces of the country are now working over time to make sure that these numbers either slow down or reduce.
At that time, the murder tally was 574.
St James is the first police division to surpass 100 murders with 101, a 44 per cent increase when compared to 70 homicides recorded during the corresponding period in 2021. The police stations around Jamaica are working day and night to make sure that they keep their part of the city safe but it is proving to be a difficult task.
Westmoreland 61, St Catherine North 56, St Andrew South 52 and St Catherine South 46 round out the top five murderous divisions so far this year.
Robbery and break-ins have recorded increases.
Other major crimes such as shootings, injured persons, and rape have declined. This is a welcomed mercy as there is one less thing for the police to worry about and can now concentrate on getting the murder numbers also to decline.