There has been a 19.4 per cent decrease in serious crimes from January 1 to November 8, 2021, in comparison to the same period last year.
This is according to statistics released by the Guyana Police Force on Monday during the presentation of its Christmas Policing Plan.
The report highlighted that there was a decrease in murders, robbery under-arms, robbery with aggravation, larceny from person, burglary and break and enter larceny. There were, however, recorded increases in rape and robbery with violence. For the same period in 2020, the Police Force recorded some 133 murders, while 119 murders were recorded thus far for this year; this represents a 10.5 per cent decrease.
As it relates to robberies, in 2020, there were 477 cases of robbery with the use firearms and 272 robberies with the use of other instruments. For this year, there have been 335 cases of robberies with the use of firearms and 171 cases of robberies with the use of other instruments. This represents a decline of 29.8 per cent and 37.1 per cent respectfully.
There was a 56.6 per cent decrease in larceny from person and a 36.4 per cent decrease in burglary. The Police Force reported a 17.2 per cent decrease in break and enter larceny as well as a 44.5 per cent decline in robbery with aggravation. For the reporting period, there were 91 more cases of rape recorded when compared to the same period last year in which 163 cases were recorded. This represents a 55.8 per cent increase in rape cases.
Moreover, the Police also recorded an 8.1 per cent increase in robbery with violence; six more cases were recorded this year when compared to the same period last year in which 74 cases reported. According to the statistics, some 1700 offences were committed this year which represents a 19.4 per cent decline in comparison to the same period last year in which 2109 offences were committed.