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Murder rate declines
There has been a drop in the murder rate since the start of the year.
According to Peter Bunting, Minister of National Security, the murder rate has declined by 30 per cent.
Mr. Bunting said as at the beginning of March, 2012, the country averaged just over two murders per day compared with an average of 3 point 1 per day in 2011.
He said he expects the decline to be sustained.
The National Security Minister said in addition to bringing the murder rate down, there is also an emphasis on bringing down shootings, which are viewed as potential murders.
Mr. Bunting said attention is also being given to effecting a reduction in domestic violence.
Meanwhile, the National Security Minister credited three initiatives between early February and early March of 2012 for the reported reduction in murders.
He listed among them, his Ministry's recently-launched media communications on criminal gangs.
“One we have had a very heavy deployment in St Catherine North which had the most murders of any police division, the second division that was responsible for the second highest number of murders was St James, we then had an increased focus on the lotto scam and then there was the increased media campaign we have been running since the beginning of March” said the National Security Minister.