The Guyana Police Force on Tuesday reported that at the end of August, 2013, eighty-five murders were recorded since January 1, 2013. According to the Police Public Relations Department, that figure represents a 4% increase when compared to the corresponding period in 2012.
“Of the 85 murders this year, 35 were of the disorderly type, 14 were committed during armed robberies, 1 was execution type, and 13 were domestic related, while the other 22 are so far undetermined”, the Police statement said.
The Force also noted that serious crimes in the country have seen a 6% rise. The release noted that “the total number of reports of serious crimes made between January 01 and August 31, 2013 was 2658 compared to 2503 for the same period in 2012. Some of the offences monitored are murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape and kidnapping.”
The release added that at the end of August 2013, robbery under arms overall increased by 3%, with 692 reports compared to 672 for the same period in 2012.
“The statistics indicate an increase of 10% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; and a 7% decrease in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators”, the Police Force noted.
For the month of September, a number of murders have already been recorded over the past 10 days. The Guyana Police Force in its crime statistics release does not say how many of the recorded criminal offence cases may have been solved.