Armed robberies up by 23% at August month end
Five execution style killings make up the 81 murders recorded up to the end of August this year.
The figure represents a 12 per cent decrease so far.
Disorderly murders account for the most with 38, while there were 16 domestic-related, five committed during robberies, and 17 that are so far unknown.
A division accounted for all the execution style killings and continues to the country with 26 murders overall.
East Coast Demerara with 17 and the Interior Division with 16, lead Berbice with 13, West Demerara with seven and Essequibo with only two.
According to the police there has been an overall decrease of two percent in serious crimes at the end of August this year in comparison to last year.
The total number of reports of serious crimes made by August 31 this year was 2498 compared to 2542 for the same period in 2011.
Some of the offences monitored are murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape and kidnapping.
Robbery under arms, however, had increased by 23 per cent at August 2012, with 670 reports compared to 544 for the same period in 2011.
The statistics indicate an increase of 17 per cent in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms, and a 35 per cent increase in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.