Guyana’s murder toll surpasses 100


police feature image[] – Ninety – eight murders were recorded at the end of September 2013, police said in statistics released on Thursday October 10. However, for October 2013 there have been several murders which indicate that the murder toll has surpassed 100.

According to the police, of the 98 murders, 41 were of the disorderly type, 19 were committed during armed robberies, 2 were execution type, and 13 were domestic related, while the other 23 are so far undetermined.

Holistically, the police indicated that there has been an overall increase of 5 percent in serious crimes at the end of September 2013 whencompared to the same period in 2012.

The total number of reports of serious crimes made between January 01 and September 31, 2013 was 2,972 compared to 2,832 for the same period in 2012. Some of the offences monitored were murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape and kidnapping.

Additionally, at the end of September 2013 robbery under arms has increased by 6 percent, with 798 reports compared to 751 for the same period in 2012.

The statistics indicate an increase of 12 percent in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; and a 3 percent decrease in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.



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