Crime down in Manch­ester, po­lice say

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - NEWS - BY KASEY WIL­LIAMS

MAN­DEV­ILLE, Manch­ester — Po­lice here are re­port­ing a 23 per cent re­duc­tion in ma­jor crimes recorded since the start of this year in com­par­i­son to the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod last year (Jan­uary 1 to Oc­to­ber 8).

Act­ing com­man­der in charge of the Manch­ester Po­lice, Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Lloyd Darby told last Thurs­day’s sit­ting of the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion that se­ri­ous crimes were down by 84.

“The sta­tis­tics show a de­crease of 84 or 23 per cent at this time. This trend of de­crease has been for a num­ber of years which I see as sig­nif­i­cant, be­cause if you de­crease each year it be­comes harder to con­tinue to de­crease and we have been able to do that,” he told coun­cil­lors.

He said 34 per cent of se­ri­ous crimes had been cleared by the po­lice since the start of this year.

“Ninety-five in­ci­dents or 34 per cent of the re­ports in this pe­riod have been cleared. An ad­di­tional 31 have been cleared for pre­vi­ous years, es­pe­cially last year which brings an over­all clear up rate of 136 or 45 per cent,” Darby said.

Mur­der is down by seven per cent, with 28 recorded so far this year in com­par­i­son to 30 last year. Twelve of the mur­ders have been cleared.

Shoot­ings are down by 38 per cent; the num­ber of re­ported rape cases is down by 62 per cent; rob­beries are down by 27 per cent; and break-ins have dropped by 24 per cent.

Eight cases of lar­ceny have been re­ported since the start of this year, while six were re­ported last year, Darby said.

Ag­gra­vated as­sault is also up, with 33 re­ported cases so far this year, com­pared to 29 last year.

Thir­teen il­le­gal firearms have been seized by the po­lice so far in the parish this year.

DSP Darby sought to re­as­sure stake­hold­ers in Wil­liams­field which was rocked by three mur­ders in re­cent weeks.

Po­lice have the­o­rised the mo­tives for all three, which in­clude the Septem­ber 18 mur­der of Da­nian Simp­son and the Oc­to­ber 5 mur­der of Wendy Har­ri­son, both busi­ness­peo­ple in Wil­liams­field.

DSP Darby dis­closed that the mo­tive for Simp­son’s mur­der was rob­bery. Simp­son’s fa­ther was also shot and in­jured in that in­ci­dent.

In the neigh­bour­ing com­mu­nity of Land Set­tle­ment, the po­lice the­o­rise that scam­ming was the mo­tive for an­other mur­der.

“While over in Land Set­tle­ment, one Al­jay Green was shot and killed, we be­lieve that the mo­tive for this was [in re­la­tion] to scam­ming ac­tiv­i­ties which were tak­ing place at that lo­ca­tion,” Darby said.

“We be­lieve that we are very near to clear­ing this crime as we await sci­en­tific ev­i­dence,” he added.

In re­la­tion to Har­ri­son’s mur­der, the po­lice are prob­ing var­i­ous an­gles.

“We are pur­su­ing sev­eral the­o­ries in re­spect of this in­ci­dent, one of them is a love tri­an­gle and an­other [be­ing that] of a property dis­pute. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are ac­tive and ad­vanced, and we are us­ing a lot of sci­en­tific ev­i­dence,” he said.

(Photo: Gre­gory Ben­nett)

Act­ing com­man­der in charge of the Manch­ester po­lice Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Lloyd Darby speak­ing at last Thurs­day’s sit­ting of the Manch­ester Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion.

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