GPF records 16% decrease in crime; 11% increase in fatal accidents
The Guyana Police Force has recorded a 16% decrease in serious crimes at the end of November this year, relative to the same period last year.
According to statistics released by the force, there was a break-even in reports of murder, with a clear up rate of 64%; a 6% decrease in robbery under arms where firearms were used with a 15% clear up rate; a 17% decrease in armed robberies where other instruments were used by the perpetrators with a clear rate of 23%; a 25% decrease in robbery with violence with a 27% clear up rate; a 9% decrease in robbery with aggravation with a 32% clear up rate; a 14% decrease in robberies where no instruments were used with a 8% clear up rate; a 32% decrease in larceny from the person with a 24% clear up rate.
Additionally, there was a 21% decrease in rape with a 31% clear up rate; a 20% decrease in break and enter and larceny with a 20% clear up rate and a 12% decrease in burglary with an 18% clear up rate.
The police also seized 96 unlicensed firearms accounting for 42 pistols, 28 revolvers, 24 shotguns and 2 rifles.
The GPF believes that the “continuous monthly reduction in serious crimes”, is as a result of excellent collaboration among stakeholders and the public at large, coupled with the strategies employed by the Force.
In relation to traffic management, the force recorded an 11% increase in fatal accidents.
115 fatalities were recorded at the end of November, compared to 112 for the same period last year.
There were decreases in serious and minor accidents but an increase in damage accidents.
The GPF said emphasis in continuously placed on driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, music/breach of condition of road service licence, overloaded mini-buses and use of cellular phones.
The Guyana Police Force charged 65, 357 persons with traffic offences so far this year as indicated below and of which about 55% have paid their fines.
Breach of condition of road service licence/music 3,416
Driving under the influence of alcohol 2,721
Using cell phone while driving 1,272
Breach of Traffic Light Signal 1,236
Tinted Motor vehicles 1,211
Unlicensed Driver 1,555
Failure to wear seat belt 2,622
Dangerous Driving 1,355
Careless Driving 1,205
Fail to Wear Safety Helmet 1,129
Overload Minibus 2,737
Fail to Confirm to Sign 2,009
Crossing Double Yellow Line 1,764
Other Offences Totalling 14,968