Guyana records 70% increase in murders


[] – Police have reported that murders in Guyana have increased by 70 percent with some 17 being recorded at the end of January 2014.

When compared to the same period last year, there were only 10 murders; of the 17 killings during January 2014, four were of the disorderly type, three were committed during armed robberies, and three were domestic related, while the other 7 are so far undetermined.

Meanwhile, the overall statistics in relation serious crimes for January 2014 have seen a seven percent increase when compared to the same period in 2013.

Police said in a statement released on Friday (February 7) that the total number of reports of serious crimes made during January 2014 was 341 compared to 318 in January 2013. 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 January 2014 robbery under arms overall has increased by 44%, with 105 reports compared to 73 for the same period in 2013. The statistics indicate an increase of 50% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; and a 30% increase in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.




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