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.

Speeding                                                                                          24,276

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

Obstruction                                                                                      1,881

Fail to Confirm to Sign                                                                    2,009

Crossing Double Yellow Line                                                         1,764

Other Offences Totalling                                                                  14,968


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