Police in Jamaica are reporting a 32 per cent reduction in serious and violent crimes for the period of January 1 to April 2, 2016, when compared to the same period last year.

According to data released by the Statistics and Information Management Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, murders across the island are down by six per cent, shootings eight per cent, robberies are down by 33 per cent, while break-ins have seen a 46 per cent reduction within the mentioned period.

According to the Jamaica Observer, the police say other violent crimes have also seen reductions including rape, which has been reduced by 39 per cent, larceny by 60 per cent and aggravated assault by 36 per cent, cumulatively accounting for the 32 per cent reduction in serious and violent crimes.

Since January, 272 murders were reported to the police, compared to the 288 murders that took place during the same period in 2015.

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