Despite ongoing efforts by the Government and the Police Force to arrest the crime problem, the situation remains worrying in Guyana.
The Guyana Police Force on Tuesday released its latest crime statistics which have revealed that serious crimes are up by 10%, when compared to the same period back in 2014.
“A total of 114 murders were recorded at the end of September 2015 in comparison to 109 murders at the end of September 2014, an increase of 5%. Unto yesterday October 12, 2015, three more murders have been recorded”, a statement from the police said.
The report also found that at the end of September 2015, robbery under arms increased by 3% in comparison to the same period in 2014.
The statistics indicate an increase of 4% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; while there was a decrease of 1% was recorded in the number of armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.
Rape has seen a 19% increase in reported incidents.
224 reports of rape were made at the end of September this year compared to 188 for the same period last year.
The Police Force said break and entry and larceny and burglary have shown an overall increase of 14%.
“Unto the end of September this year, a total of 89 illegal firearms have been recovered by the police comprising 1 sub-machine gun, 47 pistols, 24 revolvers, 10 shotguns, 6 rifles and 1 pen-gun. This compares to a total of 60 illegal firearms that were recovered unto this time last year.”
Meanwhile, the firearm amnesty programme will come to an end on Wednesday. Over 100 illegal guns were over to the police.
None of the illegal weapons have been linked to any crime.