Guyana records 20% increase in murders; 42% in robberies

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – A total of 24 murders were recorded at the end of February 2014 in comparison to 20 murders for the same period in 2013, according to statistics provided by the Guyana Police Force.

The stats represent a 20% increase. Of the 24 murders at the end of February, four were of disorderly type, five were committed during armed robberies, and three were domestic related, while the other 12 are so far undetermined.

Meanwhile, an overall increase of one percent in serious crimes has been recorded at the end of February 2014 in comparison to the same period in 2013. The total number of reports of serious crimes made between January 01 and February 28 was 642 compared to 637 for the same period in 2013.

According to the Police, some of the offences monitored are murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape and kidnapping.  

At the end of February 2014 robbery under arms increased by 42%, with 206 reports compared to 145 for the same period in 2013. The statistics indicate an increase of 62% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; and a 12% decrease in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.

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