The country continues to see a downward trend in serious and violent crimes, despite some police divisions reporting higher figures this year, than those recorded up to March 9, last year.
According to the latest figures issued by the Jamaica Constabulary Force JCF, murders, shootings, rape, and aggravated assault are all down.
With two hundred and forty-six murders recorded up to Saturday (March 9), there was a 12.5 percent reduction, over 2018.
Shootings also saw a 2.8 percent decrease, rape is down 40 percent, and aggravated assault 18.6 percent.
However, among the divisions seeing an increase in murders are St. Catherine South, St. James, St. Andrew Central, Kingston Central, Westmoreland, and Manchester.
In the meantime, shootings are up in all three Kingston divisions, two in St. Andrew, and in the St. Catherine South division.
And the police divisions of St. Andrew North, St. Thomas, Trelawny, St. Mary, and Manchester are seeing a hike in rape.
Meanwhile, the police recovered 125 illegal firearms up to March 9.
Among the weapons were thirteen rifles, 69 pistols, and 24 revolvers.
1741 rounds of ammunition were also seized.
And according to the JCF crime statistics there were 21 fatal shootings by the police, and 52 people arrested in relation to the illegal lottery scam up to March 9.