The total number of reports of serious crimes made between January 01 and March 31, 2014, was 923 compared to 949 for the same period in 2013, statistics released by the Police Force revealed.
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.
A total of 37 murders were recorded at the end of March 2014 in comparison to 27 murders for the same period in 2013, a 37 percent increase. Of the 37 murders at the end of March 2014, five were of the disorderly type, seven were committed during armed robberies, one was execution type, 10 were domestic related, while the other 14 are so far undetermined.
At the end of March 2014, robbery under arms overall has increased by 21%, with 285 reports compared to 235 for the same period in 2013. The statistics indicate an increase of 38% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; and a four percent decrease in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.