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Serious crime down by 12% – GPF

indexThe Guyana Police Force recorded a 12% decrease in serious crimes at the end of February 2016 in comparison to the same period for 2015.

Among the serious crimes policed by the Force are murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, robbery with aggravation, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape, and kidnapping.

A total of 25 murders were recorded at the end of February 2016, which was the similar number at the end of February 2015. Nine of the 25 murders were committed during robberies, 5 were domestic related, 10 were of the disorderly type, and 1 is so far undetermined.

Four murders have been recorded so for March 2016.

At the end of February 2016 robbery under arms decreased by 4% in comparison to the same period in 2015. The statistics indicate a decrease of 9% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; while there was a 4% increase in relation to the number of armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.

The statistics have revealed that there has been a decrease of 13% in the number of reports of rape, with 48 reports at the end of February this year compared to 55 for the same period last year.

Break and Enter and Larceny and Burglary have shown an overall decrease of 11%. There has been a 17% reduction in Break and Enter and Larceny, by itself.

At the end of February this year, a total of 10 illegal firearms have been recovered by the police comprising 5 pistols and 4 revolvers and 1 shotgun.

In relation to domestic violence, at the end of February 2016 a total of 473 reports were made from which 311 cases resulted.

The force said its efforts aimed at crime prevention through its police-community partnership program along with social crime prevention interventions in the Policing Divisions continues.

In relation to traffic, 17 road fatalities from 17 accidents have been recorded at the end of February 2016, in comparison to 19 fatalities from 12 accidents for the same period in 2015, a decrease of 11%.

One child died as a result of a traffic accident unto the end of February this year, compared to 7 for the same period last year. There have been decreases in the other categories of traffic accidents comprising serious, minor and damage.

Pedestrians has been the main category of road users affected so far in road fatalities with 5 such persons having lost their lives at the end of February 2016. In addition 3 pedal cyclists, 3 motor cyclists, 4 drivers, 1 passenger in a motor vehicle and 1 pillion rider also lost their lives.

Speeding has been the major contributory factor to fatal accidents, having been the cause of 10 of the 17 fatal accidents at the end of February 2016.

 

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