Cops re­port drop in mur­ders, other se­ri­ous crimes

-but re­ports of rape on the rise

Stabroek News - - LETTERS -

The Guyana Po­lice Force yes­ter­day re­ported that it has recorded a 9% de­crease in se­ri­ous crimes for the year as at June 30th, com­pared with the same pe­riod for last year.

A state­ment from the Guyana Po­lice Force noted a 25% de­crease in mur­ders, with 44 for the pe­riod un­der re­view, com­pared to 59 for the same pe­riod last year.

Al­most half of the mur­ders com­mit­ted this year have been cat­e­gorised as dis­or­derly (20), while the re­main­der were cat­e­gorised as do­mes­tic (12), robbery (8) and un­known (4).

In ad­di­tion to mur­der, se­ri­ous crimes in­clude the var­i­ous cat­e­gories of robbery, rape, kid­nap­ping, break and en­ter and lar­ceny, bur­glary, and lar­ceny from the per­son.

Based on the statis­tics pro­vided by the po­lice, in­creases were only recorded in rob­beries where no in­stru­ments were used, which rose from 26 to 28 re­ports, re­flect­ing an 8% in­crease; armed rob­beries where firearms were used, which rose from 298 to 304 re­ports, re­flect­ing a 2% in­crease; and rape, which rose from 129 to 140 re­ports for an in­crease of 9%.

The force also noted a 28% de­crease in armed rob­beries where in­stru­ments other than firearms were used; a 5% de­crease in robbery with vi­o­lence; a 21% de­crease in robbery with ag­gra­va­tion; a 30% de­crease in lar­ceny from the per­son; and a 10% de­crease in break and en­ter and lar­ceny.

The po­lice also re­ported the seizure of 67 il­le­gal firearms for the re­view pe­riod, com­pared with 69 for the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod last year.

Terry Roop­nar­ine stands on the stair­way of his grand­fa­ther’s house. His brother and sis­ter-in-law have been taken into cus­tody for ques­tion­ing about their grand­fa­ther’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

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