Press Release - Monthly Crime and Traffic Statistics May, 2015

12 June, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

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

 

At the end of May 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 66 murders were recorded at the end of May 2015 in comparison to 59 murders at the end of May 2014, an increase of 12%.

 

Unto the 11th of this month, June 2015, 8 murders have been recorded compared to 6 for the same period in June 2014.

 

At the end of May 2015 robbery under arms overall has decreased by 8% in comparison to the same period in 2014. The statistics indicate a decrease of 9% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; and a 6% decrease in armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.

 

Unto the end of May this year, a total of 50 illegal firearms have been recovered by the police comprising 31 pistols, 10 revolvers, 3 shotguns, 5 rifles and 1 pen-gun.

 

Members of the public are advised to be vigilant and to report to the police any suspicious person (s) who they may observe to be lurking in the neighbourhood, during the day or night.

 

Investigations were conducted into the murder of taxi-driver Dennis Narine which occurred at his home at Onderneeming, WBD, on May 31, 2015, resulting in Ravindra Ramdat, 20 years, of Grove, EBD, being charged with murder. He appeared at the Wales Magistrate Court today Friday June 12, 2015, where he was remanded to prison until July 31, 2015.

There has been no arrest as yet as investigations continue into the murder of Alicia McPherson, 17 years, who was fatally stabbed at ‘B’ Field, Sophia, on April 19, 2015. A Wanted Bulletin has been issued for the prime suspect in this matter.

 

Investigations are continuing into the murder of Shawn Anys of Turkeyen, ECD, who was shot and killed during an armed robbery at his home on May 01, 2015.

 

Investigations are continuing into the murder of Sherwin Barrow, 19 years, of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, who was shot and killed during an argument with two men at Warlock, East Ruimveldt, on May 06, 2015. A man had been arrested and later released after questioning.

 

Investigations are continuing into the murder of Indian National Amendria Singh which occurred at his home at D’Aguiar Park, EBD, on May 26, 2015. The suspect in this matter is hospitalized and under police guard.

 

Investigations are continuing into the murder of Ramesh Puran who was shot and killed during an armed robbery at his home at Belvedere, Corentyne, on May 14, 2015. A total of six men had been arrested and questioned during the investigations, but were later released.

 

Investigations are continuing into the death of Chandroutie Persaud of Mahaica, ECD, whose body was found in her home on May 23, 2015, with her mouth gagged and hands tied. Five men had been arrested and questioned in this matter but were subsequently released.

 

The Police Force is in the process of re-intensifying 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. There was a lull in activities in this regard during May 2015 owing to security preparations for the General Elections.

 

However, members of Youth Clubs in “E” Division (Linden) benefitted from Information Technology Classes and First Aid Training during the month. Also, officers and other ranks of “B” Division (Berbice) assisted in the cleaning up of New Amsterdam and were also involved in the enhancing of the environment at the St. Theresa’s Primary School.   

 

During May there was a total of three 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 and unto May 31, 2015, there has been a total of 156 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 three interventions by members of the religious community in response to two cases of domestic violence and an attempted suicide where the affected persons were counseled.

 

In relation to traffic 45 road fatalities from 36 accidents have been recorded at the end of May 2015, in comparison to 44 fatalities from 41 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 16 such persons having lost their lives at the end of May 2015. In addition 4 pedal cyclists, 13 persons in motor vehicles, 4 motor cyclists and 8 drivers also lost their lives.

 

Speeding has been the major contributory factor to fatal accidents, having been the cause of 16 of the 36 fatal accidents unto May 2015.    

 

Traffic enforcement by the police has resulted in a total of 21,170 cases being made against errant motorists at the end of May 2015; of this total 8,214 cases were for speeding, 607 for driving under the influence of alcohol, 276 for using cell phone while driving and 602 for failing to wear seat belt.  

 

To date there has been 1 road fatality for June 2015, compared to 7 for the same period last year.

 

The present rainy season has resulted in puddles on the roadways and a number of reports have been made of instances where motorists have driven into them and splashed water on pedestrians and other road users and driving away without any consideration for the person (s) affected.

 

Motorists are urged to show some courtesy and consideration for other road users in this regard, while at the same time they are advised that such actions constitute a breach of the law under the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act Cap. 51:02, which states that “if any person drives a motor vehicle on a road without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road, he shall be guilty of an offence.”

 

 

Monthly Crime and Traffic Statistics May, 2015 File(s) Crime Statistics May 2015 Traffic Statistics May 2015

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