According to data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) serious crimes report, the country’s murder rate for the period January 1 to April 21, 2022, has increased by 1.8% as compared to the same period in 2021.
The report highlighted the parishes that contributed to an increase and decrease in the murder rate, as well as other crimes such as shootings, rapes, robberies, and break-ins.
Taking the lead with the highest murder rate in the country is the St. James Police Division. Homicides in this Division increased by 49% from a total of 51 to 76 for the corresponding period. Meanwhile, the parish of Westmoreland followed in second place with a reported increase from 28 homicides to a total of 46 for the period.
The parish of St.Mary reported 16 homicide cases, or a 1500% increase for the period, which is the highest percentage of murders as compared to the other parishes. While, the Portland parish had the least number of murders, with just four for the reported period.
The following list below shows the parishes whose murder rate has reportedly declined for the period:
- Kingston Central – 57.7%
- St. Andrew South – 41.7%
- Clarendon – 39.3%
- St. Catherine South – 33.3%
- Kingston Eastern – 28%
- Kingston Western – 23.5%
- St. Ann – 17.6%
- St. Andrew Central – 8.3%
Based on the crime statistics, though homicides have increased, other serious and violent crimes have decreased such as shootings, rapes, and robberies.
Break-ins, however, have reportedly increased by 6.2%.