[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Police Force on Tuesday revealed that there has been a steep increase in the number of rapes being reported for 2105; with 224 cases thus far.
The Police apologized for incorrect statistics that were recently published in relation to the offence of rape.
“The statistics have since been adjusted and reveals that there has been an increase of 19% in the number of reports of rape, with 224 reports at the end of September this year compared to 188 for the same period last year,” a release stated.
Police sated that at the end of September 2015 the 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,” the statement noted.
It was pointed out that a total of 114 murders were recorded at the end of September 2015 in comparison to 109 murders at the end of September 2014, an increase of 5%. Unto yesterday October 12, 2015, 3 more murders have been recorded.
At the end of September 2015 robbery under arms overall has increased by 3% in comparison to the same period in 2014.
“The statistics indicate an increase of 4% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; while a decrease of 1% was recorded in the number of armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators,” the release noted.
Break and Enter and Larceny and Burglary have shown an overall increase of 14%.
Unto the end of September this year, a total of 89 illegal firearms have been recovered by the police comprising 1 sub-machine gun, 47 pistols, 24 revolvers, 10 shotguns, 6 rifles and 1 pen-gun.
This compares to a total of 60 illegal firearms that were recovered unto this time last year.