In its latest crime report, the Guyana Police Force is stating that at the end of May, 2017, there was a 5% reduction in overall serious crimes.
Murders are down by 27%, while robbery under arms is down by 3%.
However, there was a 14% increase in robberies where no instruments were used and a 60% increase in Robbery with Violence. Reports of rape have gone up by 10%.
In relation to illegal weapons, Sixty-four (64) illegal firearms have been taken off the streets so far for this year, compared to twenty-nine (29) for the corresponding period last year.
Breakdown is as follow:
v Pistols – 39
v Revolvers – 08
v Shotgun – 09
v Rifles – 08
Seizures as per division:
Although there have been several fatal accidents on the country’s roadways in the past weeks, there was a 29.3% decrease in fatal accidents, when compared to the same period last year.
Forty-four (44) fatalities were recorded at the end of May, compared to sixty-two (62) for the same period last year.
In its report, the Police Force noted that the numerous Police Social Crime Prevention Activities across the country, along with the robust traffic enforcement exercises are some of the many factors attributed to the overall reduction of Serious Crimes and Traffic Accidents.
“The large number of firearms seized and the reduction in gun related crimes and that of breaking offences are testimonies that an excellent relationship exists between the police and the public”, the report said.