The Region 10 Division of Police has released statistics, which show that the Division has recorded 33.3 % increase in murder for the period of January 15 to November 15 2021, compared to the same period last year. During this period, the Division recorded eight murders, compared to six during the same period in 2020. Rape also saw a 72% increase for 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. This year 21 cases of statutory rape were recorded while five were recorded in 2020. Forced rape saw five cases being recorded in 2021, compared to two in 2020. Other categories of serious crimes that saw an increase in the statistics include robbery with violence, which saw a 100 % increase and burglary which saw a 12% increase. In total, the Division saw a 10 % increase in all serious crimes.
A decrease of 53 % and 66 % was recorded for robbery under arms and robbery under arms with other instruments respectively. Break and Enter and Larceny recorded a 7 % decrease while larceny from person recorded a 75% decrease.
Relative to fatal accidents, the Region 10 Division recorded 100% increase, with two accidents occurring compared to none in 2020 during the same period. Minor accidents increased by 25 % while damaged accidents increased by 28.5 %.
In the area of narcotics for 2021, the Division seized 676, 228 Kilograms of cannabis compared to 68,701 Kilograms in 2020. Five grams of cocaine was seized in 2021, compared to 89 grams in 2020 and 3.5 grams of Methylenedioxymethamphetamin (Molly), was seized in 2021.
A total of six firearms were also seized in 2021, compared to five in 2020.
Commander of Region 10 Hugh Winter, said information relating to the above-mentioned crimes was gathered through Intelligence led policing, stop and search, road blocks, execution of arrests warrants and social crime prevention programs.
The Division is currently in the Christmas Policing Posture, to minimize criminal activities, traffic congestion and road accidents, in an effort to provide a safe and secure environment for citizens and the business community, during this period where there is heightened commercial activities.