Press Release - Monthly Statistics Summary July, 2015

14 August, 2015

The statistics in relation to the offences of murder and robbery under arms at the end of July 2015 with corresponding statistics for the same period in 2014 are attached.


At the end of July 2015 the Guyana Police Force recorded a 10% increase in serious crimes in comparison to the same period in 2014.  


Among the serious crimes policed by the Force are murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, robbery with aggravation, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape, and kidnapping.


A total of 94 murders were recorded at the end of July 2015 in comparison to 80 murders at the end of July 2014, an increase of 18%.


Unto the yesterday, 13th of this month, August 2015, 4 more murders have been recorded.  


At the end of July 2015 robbery under arms overall has decreased by 2% in comparison to the same period in 2014. The statistics indicate a decrease of 4% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; while the number of armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators has increased by 3%.


There has been an increase of 68% in the number of reports of rape with 243 reports at the end of July this year compared to 145 for the same period last year. Break and Enter and Larceny and Burglary have shown an overall increase of 9%.


Unto the end of July this year, a total of 74 illegal firearms have been recovered by the police comprising 1 sub-machine gun, 43 pistols, 18 revolvers, 5 shotguns, 6 rifles and 1 pen-gun. This compares to a total of 46 illegal firearms that were recovered unto this time last year.


The Police Force is continuing in its efforts aimed at crime prevention through its police-community partnership programme, along with social crime prevention interventions in the Policing Divisions, with special emphasis on empowering youths.


During last month “A” Division (Georgetown/East Bank Demerara) held its Annual Youth Challenge Camp at Madewini Gardens, Madewini, East Bank Demerara. The camp was attended by some one hundred and thirty six (136) youths between the ages of seven (7) and seventeen (17) and was planned with the aim of promoting social cohesion, discipline, leadership, respect and vocational skills training among the youths who were drawn from various communities within the Policing Division.


Educational classes were also held with the children of the various Youth Clubs with focus on Mathematics, English Language and Comprehension. In addition, the police awarded Trophies to the top performing students at the recent Grade Six Assessment Examinations from the Bel Air, Redeemer, St. Ambrose and St. Gabriel Primary Schools in recognition of their achievement.


In “B” Division (Berbice) there were Medical Outreaches on the West Coast of Berbice at Force level, and at the Mount Sinai Nursery School, New Amsterdam, at the Divisional level.  The Outreach on the West Coast of Berbice attracted residents between Ithaca and Belladrum, while the one at Mount Sinai catered for residents of the Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, community.


A Youth Empowerment Lecture was held at the Kingston Development Centre, No. 79 Village, Corriverton, which was facilitated by personnel from the Child Protection Agency and the Domestic Violence Centre, for some 85 youths. Areas dealt with included child abuse, the rights of the child, behavior patterns and the consequences of drug abuse.


The Division also erected pedestrian crossings to the Friends Primary School and Sisters Nursery School, East Bank Berbice, and made a significant donation of cricket gears to West Indies U 15 selectee Kevin Sinclair.


The police in “D” Division (West Demerara/East Bank Essequibo) conducted a six-day Vacation Bible School programme for 110 youths in collaboration with the Faith and Grace Assembly at Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara. Work is in progress with the construction of a shed with seats for the accommodation of pensioners while collecting their pensions at the Meten-Meer-Zorg Post Office. It is also planned to have a similar shed erected at the Den Amstel Post Office.


In “E” Division (Linden/Kwakwani) work continued among the youths with two one-week day Youth Camps being held at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground and the Wismar/Christianburg Secondary School, Wismar, where a total of 135 members of Police Youth Clubs in the Division participated. A quantity of sports gears was also presented to the members of the Kairuni and Silver Hill Police Youth Group.


Divisional Commanders also held a number of community outreach meetings where issues and concerns of members of the public were addressed.


During July 2015 there was a total of twelve (12) interventions supported by the religious community in the Cops and Faith Community Network which treats with juvenile first offenders for minor crimes as a preemptive intervention to the New Opportunity Corps.


Since the launch of the Cops and Faith Community Network in September 2013 and unto July 31, 2015, there has been a total of 186 such interventions. In all cases the youths were counseled by the religious leaders and following the involvement of parents/guardians, and the victims where necessary, the majority of them were warned and sent away.


In relation to the Family Liaison for victims of serious crimes and domestic violence project, which is also under the Cops and Faith Community Network, there were eleven (11) interventions by members of the religious community in response to attempt suicide, fatal accidents and several cases of serious crimes including armed robbery and murder where the affected persons, victims and relatives, were counseled.


In relation to traffic 71 road fatalities from 58 accidents have been recorded at the end of July 2015, in comparison to 67 fatalities from 61 accidents for the same period in 2014.

There have been decreases in all other categories of road accidents – serious, minor and damage.  


Pedestrians has been the main category of road users affected so far in road fatalities with 25 such persons having lost their lives at the end of July 2015. In addition 6 pedal cyclists, 18 persons in motor vehicles, 10 motor cyclists, 9 drivers, 2 pillion riders and 1 person who was being towed on a bicycle also lost their lives.


Speeding has been the major contributory factor to fatal accidents, having been the cause of 29 of the 58 fatal accidents unto July 2015.    


Traffic enforcement by the police has resulted in a total of 31,201 cases for this year being made against errant motorists at the end of July 2015; of this total 13,129 cases were for speeding, 942 for driving under the influence of alcohol, 362 for using cell phone while driving and 873 for failing to wear seat belt.  


Unto yesterday Thursday August 13, 2015, there have been five (5) road fatalities recorded for August 2015. This compares to fourteen (14) for the same period last year.  


The Guyana Police Force is once more urging motorists to reduce their speed when using the roadways and to take cognisance of the five Cs of defensive driving – care, commonsense, courtesy, caution and consideration.



Monthly Statistics Summary July, 2015 File(s) Crime Stats July 2015.docx Traffic Stats July 2015.docx

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