100 MURDERS IN FIRST 20 DAYS OF THE YEAR

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The number of reported murders in Jamaica since the start of 2018 has hit the one hundred mark.

The data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force cover the period January one to January 20.

A breakdown of the data revealed that 13 more people were murdered when compared to the same period in 2017.

The St. Catherine North and Clarendon police divisons each recorded 13 murders.

Nine were reported in the St. Andrew South division.

However, while the police continue to grapple with an increase in killings there has been a reduction in other major crimes.

Reported cases of aggravated assault declined by 51 per cent while break-ins were down 50 per cent.

The data for the January 1 to 20 period showed that fewer rape cases were reported - a 60 per cent decline.

The number of reported robberies fell by 16 per cent.

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