Eighty people have been murdered within the first seven months of this year and there have been 679 reported armed
robberies, but police say that “total serious crimes” have decreased during this period.
According to statistics released by the Guyana Police Force, 80 murders were recorded between January and the end of July 2014, in comparison to 73 murders for the same period in 2013, which is an increase of 10 percent.
Three were execution-type murders, 16 occurred during robberies, 21 were domestic-related, 17 were of the disorderly type and 23 are so far, undetermined.
At the end of July 2014, robbery under arms had increased by 16 percent, with police receiving 679 reports, compared with 585 for the same period in 2013.
Recent police reports have showed a disturbing rise in the use of firearms during robberies, and this remained the case with yesterday’s release.
“The police statistics indicate a 27 percent in the number of robberies involving the use of firearms; and a two percent decrease in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators,” the Public Relations Department said.
But the Force also recorded an eight percent drop in serious crimes between January to July, 2014, as against the corresponding period in 2013.
Police received 2,134 reports of serious crimes between January 01 and July 31, 2014, compared with 2,317 for the same period in 2013.
Police also reported an increase in road fatalities during the past seven months, with 67 road deaths from 61 accidents, as against 61 fatalities from 58 accidents for the same period in 2013.
Pedestrians have been the main road users affected with 28 such persons having lost their lives at the end of July 2014.
In addition, eight motor cyclists, 14 pedal cyclists, six drivers and 11persons travelling in motor vehicles also lost their lives.
Speeding was the cause of 37 of the 61 fatal accidents recorded at the end of July 2014.
Traffic enforcement by the police resulted in 43,487 cases being made against errant motorists unto the end of July 2014. Of this total, 11,637 cases were for speeding.
To date, eight persons have lost their lives from seven accidents on the roads for the month of August 2014.