Guyana records 108 murders so far this year, the lowest since 2013

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According to statistics provided by the Guyana Police Force, the country has recorded the lowest number of murders in 2022 over the last decade. A great deal of these and other crimes have been solved, the police claim.

The Guyana Police Force on Tuesday reported that there a total of 331 less serious crimes recorded as of January 1st to November 13, 2022 when compared to 2021. This equates to a 19% decline in serious crimes.  Break and enter and larceny which is the most prevalent offense in Guyana has also been reduced by 33%. This was announced by Crime Chief and Deputy Commissioner, Wendell Blanhum at an unveiling ceremony of the Guyana Police Force’s Christmas Policing Plan on Tuesday at the Officers’ Mess Hall, Eve Leary, Georgetown.

Blanhum disclosed that a further decrease has been witnessed in occurrence of murders, rape and the four categories of robberies.

“From the year 2013 to 2022, the data confirms that there was a fluctuation in the trends with a peak in the year 2020 with 157 murders. However, there was a steady decline in the number of murders with 108 murders being recorded so far. I wish to draw your attention to the fact that this is the lowest number of murders recorded for this ten-year period,” Blanhum said.

A whopping 24% of all of the serious crimes were committed police division number 4A followed by number 4B with 18% and Region three, 15%.

Increases in the offense of Larceny from the person and burglary for the current year have also been registered while there have been no reported cases of kidnapping.

Meanwhile, the Guyana Police Force says it has confiscated sixty-eight illegal weapons, the most prevalent being Revolvers and Shotguns. According to the Crime Chief, the illegal weapons are being sourced from Brazil with Lethem, Region Nine identified as the main transit point.

“The main origin of illegal firearms is the United States of America followed by our neighbor, Brazil,” he said.

“Regarding Brazil, a significant number of illegal firearms seized are the Taurus Pistols and revolvers,” he added.

He contended that the Force will continue manning the various ports of entry to ensure there is a reduction in the number of illegal firearms being imported into the country.

Crime Chief, Wendell Blanhum

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