[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Police Force on Friday June 12, released the statistics for crimes committed in the first five months of 2015 which indicate an increase in murders and a decrease in robberies in comparison to the same period for 2014.
According to the police statistics, “at the end of May 2015 the Guyana Police Force recorded a 10% increase in serious crimes in comparison to the same period in 2014.”
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.
“A total of 66 murders were recorded at the end of May 2015 in comparison to 59 murders at the end of May 2014, an increase of 12%,” the release stated.
However it should be noted that as of June 11, eight persons have been murdered.
Meanwhile, police say robbery under arms overall has decreased by 8% in comparison to the same period in 2014. “The statistics indicate a decrease of 9% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; and a 6% decrease in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.”
Up to May, the police has been able to intercept a total of 50 illegal firearms, comprising 31 pistols, 10 revolvers, 3 shotguns, 5 rifles and 1 pen-gun.
In the area of accidental deaths, police indicated that there has been 45 road fatalities from 36 accidents have been recorded at the end of May 2015, in comparison to 44 fatalities from 41 accidents for the same period in 2014. There have been decreases in all other categories of road accidents – serious, minor and damage.
“Pedestrians have been the main category of road users affected so far in road fatalities with 16 such persons having lost their lives at the end of May 2015. In addition 4 pedal cyclists, 13 persons in motor vehicles, 4 motor cyclists and 8 drivers also lost their lives,” the report stated.