Jamaica sees big drop in murders

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting said this week
that Jamaica’s murder rate has declined by 30 per cent since the start of the

According to a Jamaica Information Service news release
quoting the minister on the weekend, the island’s murder rate has decreased
from 3.1 murders per day to two murders per day.

The latest statistics follow Mr. Bunting’s announcement
earlier this month that March recorded the lowest number of murders in nine

Minister Bunting said the overall reduction in murders is
linked to the recent intensification of crime fighting strategies. He said
mechanisms are being put in place to ensure the gains achieved by the crime
fighters are not reversed.

He said Jamaicans have become tolerant of the high levels of
crime, adding the country’s murder rate has been impeding its growth for more
than 40 years.

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An investment banker by profession, Minister Bunting said the
Jamaican economy and its earnings per capita could be three times to 10 times
its current levels if the murder rate was not so high.

He said defects in the judicial system also need to be
addressed to cap the murder rate. Mr. Bunting said the current postponement of
cases has not only been delaying justice, but costing Jamaicans millions of


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