Although 29 murders have already been recorded for this year, the Guyana Police Force is reporting that there has been a 12% decrease in serious crimes for this year when compared to 2015.
In its monthly crime report, the Police Force reported it continues to place emphasis on intelligence led policing, capacity building of the Criminal Investigation Department, its social crime prevention programme and enhancing police community relations.
25 murders were recorded at the end of February 2016 with four other murders being recorded so far in the month of March.
Of the 25 murders, 9 were committed during robberies, 5 were domestic related, 10 were of the disorderly type, and 1 is so far undetermined.
“Robbery under arms overall has decreased by 4% in comparison to the same period in 2015”, the report noted.
There has been a 9% decrease in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms, but a 4% increase in the number of armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.
The crime report has also revealed that there has been a decrease of 13% in the number of reports of rape, with 48 reports at the end of February this year compared to 55 for the same period last year.
Break and Enter and Larceny and Burglary have shown an overall decrease of 11% and there has also been a 17% reduction in Break and Enter and Larceny, by itself.
At the end of February this year, a total of 10 illegal firearms were recovered by the police comprising 5 pistols and 4 revolvers and 1 shotgun.
But cases of domestic violence remain high in the country. The Police Force report noted that for the first two months of the year, it received a total of 473 reports of domestic violence, which resulted in 311 cases being made out.
The Police Force in its report, also touted its success in completing a number of investigations and filing charges against the alleged perpetrators.
“During February this year, a number of persons have been charged for serious crimes following investigations by the Police. These include Ron Morris of Little Diamond, East Bank Demerara, for trafficking in narcotics; Mark Calvan of Pike Street, North Sophia, Leyland Archer of Pattensen, East Coast Demerara, and Troy Thomas of Patentia, West Bank Demerara for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition; Ganga Kishna of North Road, Bourda, and Aviskar Bissoon of Enachu and Sheriff Streets, Georgetown, for murder; Saiad Khan of Good Hope, East Coast Demerara, Hale Forrester of Herstelling, East Bank Demerara, Affiba Yankana of Hadfield Street, Georgetown, Shun De Santos of East La Penitence, Georgetown, Joshua Joseph of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, Kester McPhoy of Independence Boulevard, Georgetown, and Christopher Niles of Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, for separate incidents of robbery under arms; and Colin Bailey of Vryheid Lust, East Coast Demerara, Sonia King of Parafaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, and Trudy Samuels of Santa Mission, Upper Demerara River for separate incidents of murder”, the report concluded.