The Guyana Police Force on Monday reported that although serious crimes remain a big problem confronting law enforcement, there has been a reduction in criminal activity since the launch of the joint services “operation dragnet”
However, at the end of November 2015 the Guyana Police Force had already recorded a 9% increase in serious crimes in comparison to the same period in 2014. Operation Dragnet was launched on December 1.
In a statement, the Police Force said that a total of 133 murders were recorded at the end of November 2015 in comparison to 130 murders at the end of November 2014, an increase of 2%.
“At the end of November 2015 robbery under arms overall has increased by 4% in comparison to the same period in 2014. The statistics indicate an increase of 6% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; while the figures are almost similar in relation to the number of armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators”, the report added.
Meanwhile, there has also been a serious rise in the number of reported cases of rape. According to the report, “the statistics have revealed that there has been an increase of 26% in the number of reports of rape, with 300 reports at the end of November this year compared to 238 for the same period last year.”
And the Police Force continues to recover illegal firearms. “Unto the end of November this year, a total of 103 illegal firearms have been recovered by the police comprising 1 sub-machine gun, 56 pistols, 28 revolvers, 11 shotguns, 6 rifles and 1 pen-gun. This compares to a total of 81 illegal firearms that were recovered unto this time last year.”
The Police Force said it is continuing in its efforts aimed at crime prevention through its police-community partnership programme along with social crime prevention interventions in the Policing Divisions, with special emphasis on empowering youths, such as the Impact Albouystown Project and Youth Clubs.