St. James, Jamaica – The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has reported that there were 1,393 murders in Jamaica last year. According to the 2023 serious crimes statistics, this marks a 7.8 per cent decline in murders from the previous year. The latest update published by the police shows that there were 118 fewer homicides in 2023 compared to 2022. It was revised by the police that 1,511 people were murdered at the end of 2022, down from the initially reported 1,498.
Trends in murders varied across different police divisions in Jamaica. The St. James Police division recorded the highest number of murders with 187, leading six other divisions with 100 murders or more in 2023. Westmoreland, St Andrew South, St Catherine North, Clarendon, and St Catherine South also had over 100 murders each. Only a few divisions, including Kingston Western, Hanover, St Ann, and Clarendon, saw an increase in murders. Shootings and reports of injuries across all divisions declined, and incidents of rape decreased by 17.5 per cent. The JCF also reported a total of 780 robberies, representing a 15.3 per cent decline from 2022.
These statistics shed light on the challenges and progress in addressing violent crimes in Jamaica. The decline in murders and other serious crimes presents a positive trend, but it also highlights the need for continued efforts to ensure the safety and security of all citizens. The JCF’s ongoing work in investigating and addressing these crimes is crucial in maintaining law and order across the country.
In conclusion, the JCF’s latest report shows a decrease in murders and other serious crimes in Jamaica in 2023 compared to the previous year. While this is a positive development, it also underscores the ongoing challenges in ensuring public safety and security. The efforts of the JCF and other law enforcement agencies to address and prevent violent crimes remain vital in creating a safer environment for all Jamaicans.