[www.inewsguyana.com] – Statistics released by the Guyana Police Force have revealed that a total of 107 murders were recorded at the end of September 2014 in comparison to 100 murders for the same period in 2013.
This is an increase of seven percent. According to the Force, the causes of domestic and disorderly murders, which together total 51 of the 107 murders recorded (48%), are mainly social in nature and are difficult for the police alone to deal with.
At the end of the third quarter of the year the Guyana Police Force recorded an 11% drop in serious crimes when the period January 01 to September 30, 2014, is compared with the corresponding period in 2013.
Among the serious crimes policed by the Force are murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, robbery with aggravation, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape, and kidnapping.
According to the statistics, at the end of September 2014, robbery under arms increased by 11%.
The statistics indicate an increase of 15% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms and a two percent increase in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.
The Force noted that the strategies employed by the Police in dealing with crime, inclusive of social intervention programmes with a focus on youths alongside intelligence led enforcement operations, have impacted positively during the third quarter of the year when compared to the situation at the end of the second quarter.
At the end of June this year a 7% decrease in total serious crimes was recorded; this has moved to an 11% decrease at the end of September. Robbery under arms which showed an overall increase of 22% at the end of June is down to an overall increase of 11% at the end of September.
There was an increase of 33% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms at the end of June this year; while at the end of September the increase is 15%. At the same time the police have recovered a total of 60 illegal firearms at the end of September 2014.
At the end of June 2014 there was an increase of 4% in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators; it was 2% at the end of September.
Murder showed an increase of 13% at the end of June this year; it was 7% at the end of September.