The Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson provided a report on the national crime statistics of Jamaica since 2022 at the police’s monthly press briefing today.
In the briefing, Major Anderson stated that Jamaica has recorded its lowest statistics in crime since 2010. He declared that only 754 major crimes have been reported on the island since the start of 2022.
He further stated that there has been a 15% reduction in major crimes as compared to 2021, whereby only 240 or a 6% decrease of homicides were recorded for February. Of this figure, 180 homicides are reported to be gang-related.
Additionally, there has been a decline in shootings by 21%, robberies by 13%, rape by 44% and break-ins by 5%.
On the other hand, according to Major Anderson, there has been a significant increase in the seizure of illegal firearms by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). He detailed that 163 illegal firearms, comprising of 28 rifles have been seized since the start of 2022, which is a 37% increase as compared to last year.
The Commissioner credits these major seizures of illegal firearms to the ‘Get Every Illegal Gun’ campaign. This crime-fighting strategy was recently announced by Prime Minister Holness to involve strategic and targeted security operations in retrieving illegal guns in the country.
Major Anderson also lauded the work of the JCF, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and other agencies in their collaborative effort in reducing crime and violence.
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