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Major crimes on the decline

KINGSTON — Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has declared that the island’s national security situation has continued to improve with major crimes falling an overall 13.3 per cent between January and July 21 this year when compared to the same period in 2011.

“Using the year 2009 as a benchmark, this year’s crime situation represents a significant improvement in the serious crimes and security environment, a continuation of gains being made by the security forces in the relentless fight against organised crime and gangs,” Ellington stated in a release last night.

The police commissioner said that, as at July 21, murders stood at 614 compared to 598 in 2011; 905 in 2010 and 864 in 2009.

Shootings stood at 623 as at July 21, compared to 725 in 2011; 914 in 2010 and 897 in 2009.

“So while murders in 2012 are 16 or 2.3 per cent above 2011, there is an overall decline of 86 or seven per cent in serious violent crimes of murder and shooting in 2012 compared to 2011.

There is an overall decline of 523 or 13.3 per cent in major crimes.

Ellington said though the crime figures were encouraging, they fall short of targets for 2012.

“We are committed to achieving those targets. Our country and fellow citizens deserve a peaceful, safe and confident environment in which to live, work, conduct business and raise families,” Ellington said. (Gleaner)

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