Serious crimes down, road deaths up by 32% – Police

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police[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Police Force recorded an 11% drop in serious crimes at the end of November 2014 when the corresponding period last year.

Police say 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 127 murders were recorded at the end of November 2014 in comparison to 133 murders for the same period in 2013, a decrease of 5%.

At the end of November 2014 robbery under arms overall has increased by 6% in comparison to the same period in 2013. The statistics indicate an increase of 10% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; and a 2% decrease in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.

In relation to traffic, 130 road fatalities from 121 accidents have been recorded at the end of November 2014 in comparison to 100 fatalities from 92 accidents for the same period in 2013; a 32% increase in fatalities.  

The other categories of accidents – serious, minor and damage – have seen reductions unto the end of November this year, in comparison to same period last year.

Pedestrians have been the main road users affected with 57 such persons having lost their lives at the end of November 2014. In addition 24 motor cyclists, 18 pedal cyclists, 13 drivers, 17 persons travelling in motor vehicles and 1 person being towed on a bicycle also lost their lives.

Speeding continues to be a major contributing factor to fatal accidents and was the cause of 75 of the 121 fatal accidents recorded at the end of November 2014.   

Traffic enforcement by the police has resulted in a total of 61,853 cases being made against errant motorists unto the end of November 2014; of this total, 17,493 cases were for speeding.

To date, 1 person has lost his life due to a fatal accident during this month December 2014.

 

 

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