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Crime down in Manchester during 2018, police say

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Crime down in Manchester during 2018, police say

By Kasey Williams
Observer Writer

Monday, January 28, 2019

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Manchester police are reporting a reduction in major crimes across the parish with the lowest figures being recorded in 2018 in comparison to the last six years.

There was a 25 per cent reduction in major crimes last year in comparison to 2017, head of the Manchester police Superintendent Wayne Cameron told the Jamaica Observer Central last week.

Cameron said Manchester recorded 31 murders in 2018, the lowest figure for the past six years. There were 45 murders recorded in 2017, 41 in 2016, 54 in 2015, 41 in 2014, and 36 in 2013.

“We have cleared up 58 per cent of the 31 murders (in 2018) and we have realised a 31 per cent reduction. We think that is a tremendous achievement by the division,” said Cameron.

Aggravated assault is down by nine per cent, with a 71 per cent clear up rate.

Break-ins are down by 30 per cent, with 194 recorded in 2018 in comparison to 282 for 2017.

“That’s a significant reduction, with Manchester having a serious challenge with break-ins,” he said.

Rape is down by 32 per cent, with a clear-up rate of 86 per cent, and larceny is down by six per cent.

“In the last six years, what we are now seeing is that all our figures, with the exception of shootings, have been the lowest during the period,” he said.

“It is the first time we have recorded below 100 robberies in Manchester, with 93 in 2018. In 2013 it was 193, in 2014 it was 180, 2015 had 191, 2016 had 165, and 2017 had 123 robberies,” Cameron added.

“We have managed to clear over 50 per cent of all our serious crimes with the exception of shooting, which has only 43 per cent cleared,” he explained.

“I believe that 2019 is going to be a year of real challenge when a division has done so well in one year, 2018. On both sides of the crime coin we have done well. We have done the reductions and with the help of our investigators we have done the clear up,” said Cameron.

A concern for the Manchester police chief was that up to last Friday, there were five murders recorded in Manchester since the start of this year.

“I am still appealing to residents not to be alarmed about it [murder figures]. We have been here before… in fact, in 2016 we recorded six murders in one month,” he said.

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