“A total of 42 murders were recorded at the end of March 2015 in comparison to 38 murders at the end of March 2014, an increase of 11%,” the statement said.
It was noted too that at the end of March 2015 the GPF recorded a 6% 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,” said the police.
At the end of March 2015 robbery under arms has decreased by 19% in comparison to the same period in 2014. The statistics indicate a decrease of 24% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; and a 7% decrease in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.
In relation to traffic 28 road fatalities from 19 accidents have been recorded at the end of March 2015, in comparison to 28 fatalities from 26 accidents for the same period in 2014.
“There have been decreases in all other categories of road accidents – serious, minor and damage. Passengers in motor vehicles has been the main category of road users affected so far in road fatalities with 12 such persons having lost their lives at the end of March 2015. In addition 1 pedal cyclist, 10 pedestrians and 5 drivers also lost their lives,” the statement reported.
Speeding has been the major contributory factor to fatal accidents, having been the cause of 9 of the 19 fatal accidents unto March 2015.