…armed robberies up by 11 percent
One hundred and seven people have been murdered within the first nine months of this year. For the same period last
year there were 100 murders, seven percent fewer than this year. A child lost his life as a result of a fatal accident during this month.
There has been an eleven percent increase in reported armed robberies but the police say that “total serious crimes” have decreased during this period.
Figures released by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) have in fact revealed that of the 107 killings at September, 51 were domestic and disorderly murders.
The Guyana Police Force reported an 11 percent drop in serious crimes for the period January 1 to September 30, this year, compared with the corresponding period in 2013.
Among the serious crimes reported 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 causes of domestic and disorderly murders, which together total 51 of the 107 murders recorded (48 percent), are mainly social in nature and are difficult for the police alone to deal with. However, the Police Force is working with other stakeholders to address the situation,” the police said in a release yesterday.
At the end of September, robbery under arms had increased by 11 percent. Recent police reports have showed a disturbing rise in the use of firearms during robberies.
“The police statistics indicate an increase of 15 percent in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; and a two percent increase in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators,” the police said.
Police also reported an increase in road fatalities during the past nine months, with 100 road deaths from 92 accidents,
as against 75 fatalities from 72 accidents for the same period in 2013.
Pedestrians have been the main road users affected with 42 losing their lives at the end of September. In addition, 19 motor cyclists, 15 pedal cyclists, nine drivers, 14 persons travelling in motor vehicles and one person being towed on a bicycle also lost their lives.
Speeding, the force emphasised, continues to be a major contributing factor to fatal accidents and was the cause of 57 of the 92 fatal accidents recorded at the end of September 2014.
Traffic enforcement by the police has resulted in a total of 55,591 cases being made against errant motorists by the end of September. Of this total, 15,350 cases were for speeding.
The police said that the statistics indicate that the strategies employed by the Force in dealing with crime, inclusive of social intervention programmes with a focus on youths alongside intelligence led enforcement operations, have impacted positively during the third quarter of the year when compared to the situation at the end of the second quarter.
According to the GPF, at the end of June this year a seven percent decrease in total serious crimes was recorded; this has moved to an 11 percent decrease at the end of September. Robbery under arms which showed an overall increase of 22 percent at the end of June is down at the end of September.
There was an increase of 33 percent in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms at the end of June this year, while at the end of September the increase is 15 percent. At the same time, the police have recovered 60 illegal firearms.
At the end of June 2014, there was an increase of four percent in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used; it was two percent at the end of September.
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