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Jamaica: Reduction in crimes during recent weekend lockdowns – Anderson

Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, is reporting a general reduction in crime during the three weekend lockdowns that were recently implemented by the Government as part of measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Anderson said that during the first weekend lockdown, there was an increase in murders, but the rates steadily declined over the next two weekends.

“For the first weekend lockdown, it was no different from without a lockdown. We found that the first weekend we had over that period, a six per cent increase; 22 homicides took place,” he indicated.

“Then the next one it dropped, and the following one it dropped as we adjusted our strategies around what is happening, particularly in the Corporate Area,” said Anderson.

He was addressing the Crime Consensus Monitoring and Oversight Committee’s digital briefing on Thursday, April 22.

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