Jamaica reports significant decline in crime

Jamaica's minister of national security:  Peter Bunting

On Tuesday July 15, Jamaica's Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, reported a significant drop in serious and violent crimes, with double digit reductions in most categories.

Bunting said: “Serious and violent crimes (are) down year-to-date on average by double digit percentages (with) murder by 11 per cent, shooting by six per cent, rape by 17 per cent, and aggravated assault down 26 per cent."

Mr. Bunting also reported a major reduction in fatal police shooting, which is down by 46 per cent year-to-date. Acquisitory crimes such as robberies, have declined by 11 per cent.

According to the Security Minister the reductions in crime were due to the impact of the new laws to deal with organised crime.

Source: Jamaica Information Service