Police Stats: Serious crimes down by 16%; murder rate drops by 7%


Despite public perception that crime is on the rise, the Guyana Police Force is reporting  a 16% reduction in serious crimes at the end of May this year, relative to the same period last year.



A statistical report from the Police today stated that there was a 7% reduction in reports of murder; a 10% decrease in gun-related robberies; 7% decrease in armed robberies where other instruments were used by the perpetrators; a 26% decrease in robberies with violence; a 14% decrease in robberies with aggravation; a 27% combined decrease in break and enter and larceny and burglary; a 14% decrease in rape; a 52% decrease in larceny from the person.
However, robbery where guns or other instruments were not used was increased by 17% (from 18 to 21).
Thee GPF attributed the decrease in the crime rate to the initiatives undertaken by the Government, through the Ministry of Public Security and the Guyana Police Force, to de-escalate the crime situation.
The statement further noted that the police are increasingly gaining the public’s trust, resulting in a higher level of information sharing and the solving and prevention of serious crimes, inclusive of murder.
Exposure to training both locally and internationally, continues to be a top priority at all levels of the Force.
Sadly, in the areas of traffic management, the Guyana Police Force has yet again seen an increase in road fatalities, recording 62 fatalities at the end of May this year, which are 14 more than the same period last year.
While there was a reduction in serious accidents, once more there have been increases in minor accidents. Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and inattentiveness continue to be the main causes of fatal accidents the Force informed.
For 2016, police have charged some  30, 788 persons with traffic offences,this includes 11,302 for speeding and 839 for driving under the influence.
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