Almost 900 Murders Recorded In Jamaica For The year

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Soldiers patrol a street in the Tivoli Gardens neighborhood

A popular Caribbean tourist destination has seen close to 900 murders so far this year.

Police data published by the Jamaica Gleaner show that Jamaica has seen 894 murders from January 1 to September 21, 2016 across the 19 police divisions across the country. That means Jamaica is averaging almost 100 murders each month, or just over three per day, the paper reported this week.

Of the total murders so far in Jamaica, 184 were recorded in the parish of St James, putting the area on the brink of recording more than 200 murders in a calendar year for a second straight year.

Soldiers patrol a street in the Tivoli Gardens neighborhood

With three months to go, the murder rate is already more than the 882 killings recorded for the same period last year.

The Canadian government urges nationals to exercise a high degree of caution when traveling to Jamaica and it warns of violent crime, including armed robbery and murder, particularly in Kingston, Spanish Town and Montego Bay.

The UK government for its part also warns its nationals of high crime levels particularly in Kingston, including West Kingston.

“Violent crime is a serious problem throughout Jamaica, particularly in Kingston and Montego Bay,” the US State Department says on its website. “Violence and shootings occur regularly in certain areas of Kingston and Montego Bay. Jamaica’s police force is understaffed and has limited resources.”

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