Jamaica continues to see a decrease in the number of murders recorded so far this year.
As at June 8, there has been a 5.4 per cent decline in murders.
That’s 580 murders recorded this year, compared to 613 for the similar period last year.
The divisions with the highest murder tallies include St. Andrew South with 77, St. James with 59, Clarendon with 57 and St. Catherine South with 54.
Despite the decline in murders, shootings have gone up by just over six per cent.
Whereas some 550 shootings were reported as at June 8 last year, 584 were reported this year.
Meantime, there has been a decrease in the number of rape and aggravated assault cases.
Rape cases declined by 22.1 per cent, down from 240 in 2018, to 187 so far in 2019.
Similarly, cases of aggravated assault recorded a decrease of almost four per cent, falling from 157 cases in 2018 to 151 as at June 8, 2019.