The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has recorded 70 murders for the year up to July 31, according to statistics it released today.
Police initially stated that it recorded 129 murders within the last two months, however in a corrected statement, the police said the actual breakdown includes 4 cases of disorderly, 11 cases of domestic, 13 cases of robbery, 32 cases of execution, 8 unknown cases, and 2 other murders at the end of July 31, 2017.
Meanwhile, 81 illegal firearms have been taken off the streets so far for this year, compared to 40 for the corresponding period last year.
These include 51 pistols, 10 revolvers, 12 shotguns and 8 rifles and of this, 36 were seized in A Division, 6 in B Division, 8 in C Division, 3 in E Division and 22 in F Division.
In respect of Traffic Management, police said there was a 27% decrease in fatal Accidents at the end of June, 2017 and also a 25% decrease at the end of July, 2017.
Regarding persons charged with traffic violations between the period January 1, 2017 and July 31, 2017, 41, 170 cases were recorded.
Of this 13,362 were for speeding; two 2,071 for Breach of Condition of Road Service License/Music; 1,211 for Driving Under the influence of Alcohol; 850 for Using Cell Phone while Driving and 724 for Tinted Motor Vehicle.
Nonetheless, the Force said for the month of June 2017, it recorded a 7% decrease in serious crimes and also an 11% decrease of serious crimes for July, 2017, relative to the same periods last year.
For June there was a 16% decrease in murder; a 4% increase in robbery where no instrument were used; a 5% decrease in robbery under arms where firearms where used; a 4% decrease in robbery under arms where instruments other than firearms were used; a 64% increase in robbery with violence; a 3% increase in robbery with aggravation; a 53% increase in larceny from the person; a 6% decrease in rape; a 1% decrease in burglary and a 19% decrease in break and enter and larceny.
For July there was an 18% decrease in murder; a 4% increase in robbery where no instruments were used; a 17% decrease in robbery under arms where firearms were used; a 4% decrease in robbery under arms where instruments other than firearms were used; a 48% increase in robbery with violence ; a 12% increase in robbery with aggravation; a 26% increase in larceny from the person; a 10% decrease in rape; a 2% decrease in burglary and a 20% decrease in break and enter and larceny.