Serious crime on the increase
The Police force is reporting an increase in serious crimes from January up to the end of November this year as against the same period in 2012. During that period 168 more serious crimes were committed as against the same period in 2012
murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape and kidnapping are some of the offences coming under the serious crimes catergory.
4 more murders were committed 67 more cases of robbery under arms were also recorded. The use of firearms in the commission of robberies also increased by nearly a fifth.
In relation to traffic, there has been an increase by 2 road fatalities at the end of November 2013 in comparison to the same period in 2012, with 100 fatalities from 92
pedestrians have been the main road users affected with 37 persons having lost their lives at the end of November 2013. In addition 16 motor cyclists, 12 pedal cyclists, 14 drivers of motor vehicles, 3 pillion riders and 18 passengers of motor vehicles also lost their lives.
Speeding continues to be a major contributing factor to fatal accidents and was the cause of 65 of the 92 fatal accidents recorded at the end of November 2013.
The Guyana police force continues to monitor these crimes especially during this festive season and there has been a call for more ranks to ensure the crime fighting strategies are effectively carried out. The force has stepped up patrols in and around the city and in the business districts to ensure persons doing business in those areas feel safe.