InSight Crime’s 2020 Murder Spherical-Up launched final Friday exhibits that Jamaica leads the islands for many homicides. They even beat Venezuela who scored an in depth second with 45.6 and Honduras with 37.6.
The report learn:
Jamaica recorded 1,301 killings in 2020 and had the area’s highest murder fee at 46.5 per 100,000 individuals, in response to official knowledge revealed by the Constabulary Pressure. The United Nations considers any murder fee of 10 per 100,000 residents or above to be an “epidemic.” Jamaica’s whole killings marked a marginal decline from 2019’s whole of 1,339 murders and got here as one other welcome enchancment over 2017’s sum of 1,647.
Breaking from an total lower in “critical” crimes final yr, shootings throughout the nation rose. Gangs in Jamaica and Haiti have reportedly been engaged in a lethal commerce the place marijuana is exchanged for weapons. Boats loaded with as much as 3,000 kilos of hashish have been heading from Jamaica to close by Haiti, the place medicine are swapped for handguns and high-powered assault weapons, in response to an investigative report by the Jamaica Gleaner.
Following ongoing efforts to focus on gang violence via the enforcement of Zones of Particular Operations and plans for mass trials final yr, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness known as for residents to assist curb the nation’s tradition of violence in his New Yr message.
Holness added that as a part of Jamaica’s long-term safety plan, officers intend to increase Zones of Particular Operations, whereas modernizing expertise utilized by its police and protection drive heading into 2021.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness known as for residents to assist curb the nation’s tradition of violence and the nation has been below curfew via December and January.